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DePauw Splits Twinbill at Allegheny; Tigers Battle for Spot in NCAC Tournament Tomorrow

DePauw Splits Twinbill at Allegheny; Tigers Battle for Spot in NCAC Tournament Tomorrow

May 4, 2013

Box scores: Game 1 | Game 2

Meadville, Pa. - DePauw took a 6-4 win in the opening game of its North Coast Athletic Conference cross-over doubleheader at Allegheny, but the Gators came back for a 3-2 win in the nightcap.

DePauw is now 17-22 overall and 9-9 in NCAC play, while the Gators are 23-14 overall and 10-7 in conference play. The teams meet at Noon tomorrow to decide the three-game series with the winner advancing to next week's NCAC Tournament in Chillicothe, Ohio.

The Gators took a 1-0 lead in the second inning of the opener as Zach Gray and Mike Pezzone each drew one-out walks. Ben Murray reached on a fielder's choice that foced Pezzone at second and allowing Gray to advance to third. Murray was caught in a rundown on an attempted steal, but Gray crossed home before Murray was put out.

Allegheny tacked on two more in the fourth as Joe Killian singled and scored on Pezzone's double to right center. Pezzone moved to third on Murray's ground out and scored when Frank Triozzi singled to right.

DePauw reached the scoreboard in the fifth when Cory Meixner doubled with one out, moved to third on Pat Lyons' grounder and scored on a wild pitch.

The hosts countered in the bottom of the fifth when Ben Kirchler led off with a single and advanced to second when Kyle Davis reached on a bunt single. Mike Kastelic laid down a bunt, but a poor throw by the Tigers' pitcher allowed Kirchler to score.

The deciding inning of the contest came in the sixth as J.B. McCallum walked with one out and moved to third on Robbie Stein's base hit. Jason Cohen walked to load the bases and a wild pitch allowed all three runners to move up a base including McCallum who scored.

Brendon Pashia walked to load the bases, while Connor Einertson and Meixner each were hit by pitches to score Stein and Cohen, respectively. Lyons walked to score Pashia and give the Tigers a 5-4 lead. Einertson's seventh-inning single scored Stein who doubled earlier in the inning.

Stein and Meixner each had two of DePauw's five hits, while David had three of the Gators' 11 hits. Kirchler and Triozzi each had two.

DePauw starter Michael Chiaro improved to 3-4, while Joe Wojda picked up his seventh save of the year and broke the DePauw career mark with his 15 save. Kyle Davis dropped to 1-2 with the loss.

Allegheny opened the nightcap with a single run in the first as Kastelic reached on a two-out error and scored on Killian's double to left center.

DePauw's first run came in the third when Matt Dorsett reached on a walk and moved to second on an error. Zach Galyean delivered a single down the left field line to even the score.

Stein walked with one out in the sixth and stole second before Einertson drove him in with a double to right to give DePauw a 2-1 lead.

Meanwhile, DePauw starter Jordan Niespodziany scattered three hits over six inning.

In the Allegheny half of the eighth Davis reached by being hit by a pitch and moved to second on Kirchler's ground out. Kastelic reached on a dropped fly ball in left that allowed Davis to score and Killian followed with a run-scoring double that gave the Gators a 3-2 advantage.

The Tigers had two on with two outs in the ninth but a fielder's choice ground out ended the threat and the game.

Einertson had two of DePauw's six hits, while Killian had two of the Gators' four. Jack Peck suffered the loss and dropped to 2-5, while Eric Brandt pitched a complete game and improved to 5-0.

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