Tigers Pick Up First Win Of Season, Top Engineers 7-6
Terre Haute, Ind. – The DePauw baseball squad picked up its first victory of the season after defeating the Engineers of Rose-Hulman, 7-6, thanks to a three-run eighth inning in a Friday night contest on Art Nehf Field on the campus of Rose-Hulman in Terre Haute, Ind.
DePauw moved to 1-2 on the season while Rose-Hulman dropped to 3-7 after their first 10 games of the year.
Reliever Sean Brennan (1-0) picked up his first collegiate victory after tossing one inning of hitless ball, striking out two in the process. Joe Wojda recorded the save for the Tigers. Rose-Hulman's Jake Althouse (0-1) was saddled with loss after allowing the go ahead run in the top of the seventh inning.
Tigers' centerfielder Brendon Pashia led the DePauw offense, breaking out of an early season slump to tally four hits in five trips to the plate, plating two runs. Connor Einertson chipped in with three hits and three RBI, while Pat Lyons, Zach Galyean and JB McCallum struck two hits apiece.
Rose-Hulman was led by third baseman Bobby Newman and his two-hit, three-RBI effort. In total, four Engineers tallied two hits in the contest.
DePauw never quit throughout the entire contest, fighting back from 2-0, 5-1 and 6-4 deficits.
The Tigers rally started after the Engineers sent starter Ben Menich to the shower after a seven-inning, four-earned run, 11-hit effort.
Trailing 6-4 entering the top of the eighth inning, Pashia led off the inning with a single for DePauw and advanced to second after an Engineer balk. The Tigers would move two runners into scoring position after an Einertson single as Pashia advanced to third and Einertson to second after an error by the Rose-Hulman centerfielder.
With runners at second and third and two outs, McCallum singled in both runners to tie the game, 6-6.
McCallum moved around the diamond to third base after a stolen base and a wild pitch, scoring the go-ahead run after a Lyons single to give the Tigers a 7-6 lead.
They would take the one-run lead into the bottom half of the inning after a DePauw strikeout ended the inning.
DePauw's bullpen would do the rest, only allowing one hit the rest of the way to give the Tigers their first victory of the season, 7-6.
The Tigers return to Art Nehf Field in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday, March 7 for a pair of games. The first game gets started at 11 am as DePauw takes on Rose-Hulman. The Tigers then take on Concordia (Ill.), with the first pitch for that contest slated to begin at 2 pm.
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