Springfield, Ohio - Lauren Godden's two-run double in the bottom of the seventh erased an earlier 3-0 deficit and lifted DePauw to a 4-3 win over Wooster and a spot in the tourney's championship game. Earlier in the day, the Tigers topped Denison, 4-3, with a run in the bottom of the seventh.
DePauw's appearance in the NCAC title game is its fourth straight and fifth in the six years the Tigers have competed in the NCAC. The Tigers face the winner of tomorrow's Wooster-Denison game at 1 p.m.
Denison took the lead in the fourth as Laura Bagan reached on an error and moved to second on Charlotte Happel's single. Kerry Hager then doubled home Bagan and Mckinly Vazquez plated Hager and Happel with a double.
DePauw evened the count in the fourth as Godden singled, Sidney Holler walked and Jordyn Fera singled. After a fielder's choice forced Godden at the plate, Kat Panos singled to right to score pinch-runner Sarah Beischer. Smart then followed with a single that scored Fera.
Megan Montgomery led off the seventh with a bunt single and advanced to second on Liz Getz's bunt single. Godden then reached on a fielder's choice as an error on the play allowed Montgomery to cross with the game winner.
Montgomery and Fera each had two of DePauw's 10 hits, while Hager had three of Denison's eight and Vazquez followed with two.
Emma Baldwin, who entered the circle in the second, improved to 7-8 after striking out six without a walk in 5 1/3 innings. Herold dropped to 10-6.
The Tigers improved to 21-18, while the Big Red slipped to 26-15.
Wooster and DePauw battled through four scoreless innings in the winner's bracket game before the Fighting Scots took a 3-0 lead in the fifth. Maddy Chase reached on a two-out error before Bridget Serrurier walked. Marina Roski singled in Chase before Stephenie Little delivered a single that plated Serrurier. Walks to Linea Brouse and Jenna Kendall scored Roski.
Smart singled with one out in the fifth and pinch-runner Beischer moved to second when Montgomery reached on an error. Getz grounded out, allowing both runners to advance a base. Julia Bork brought home a pair with a single to right.
In the bottom of the seventh, Montgomery singled with two outs before Getz followed with a single and Bork walked. Godden then drove in the winning runs.
Getz and Bork each had two of DePauw's 10 hits, while Little had two of Wooster's eight hits.