March 10, 2013

DePauw Drops Season-Opening Twinbill

Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw opened the 2013 season at Walker Field today, but visiting Manchester (8-0) spoiled the Tigers' debut as the Spartans swept the doubleheader by identical 10-2 scores.

Manchester jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the opener on RBI singles by Jordan Niemann and Dan Maringer, but DePauw cut that lead in half in the bottom half of the frame and Robbie Stein singled and moved to third on Zach Galyean's base hit. Jason Cohen then lifted a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Stein.

The Spartans added one in the second and two in the third - all three unearned - before blowing the game open in the fourth with five. DePauw's final run came in the eighth as Pat Lyons led off with a single, moved to third on Stein's single and scored on Cohen's sacrifice fly.

Stein led DePauw with three of its eight hits, while Niemann had three of Manchester's 12.

Dylan Padgett improved to 2-0 after allowing just one run on six hits with three strikeouts and no walks in seven innings. Michael Chiaro suffered the loss after going 3 1/3 innings.

In the nightcap, Manchester's Trevor Kimm blasted a two-run homer in the second and the score stayed at 2-0 until the Spartans plated five in the seventh, one in the eighth and two more in the ninth.

DePauw's runs both came in the seventh as Cory Meixner broke up Kyle Konarksi's no-hitter with a two-out single and scored on Connor Einertson's double. Ryan Allee moved Einertson to third with a single before J.B. McCallum drove in Einertson with a single.

Meixner finished with two of DePauw's four hits, while Kyle Norris had three of the Spartains' 12 hits. Kimm and Cody Schell each had two hits with Kimm driving in four.

Konarski took the win after allowing just four hits in seven innings, while DePauw starter Jack Peck suffered the loss after starting and pitching five innings and allowing two runs.

DePauw returns to action on Saturday, March 16, when it travels to Rose-Hulman to face the Engineers at 11 a.m. and Concordia (Ill.) at 2 p.m.

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