DePauw rallies, holds off No. 10 BSC
Manson pitches 8.2 innings in victory
GREENCASTLE, Ind. — DePauw overcame a 4-0 deficit and held off a Birmingham-Southern ninth-inning rally and defeated the 10th-ranked Panthers, 7-6. The Tigers improved to 12-17 overall and 3-6 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, while the Panthers dropped to 26-6 overall and 10-2 in the conference.
The Panthers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third as J.D. Hulse started the rally with a one-out, solo homer to left center. Drew Leachman followed with a double before Sam Hill walked and Brandon Ricco singled to load the bases. Bruce Maxwell singled in Leachman and Hill before Ricco scored on Bryan Higginbotham's sacrifice fly.
DePauw countered with two in the bottom of the third as Ben Gardner led off with a double to left center and moved to third on Zach Galyean's single to left. Gardner scored when Rob McPike reached on a fieldher's choice. Galyean was safe at second on the play when the Panthers' second baseman couldn't hang on to the throw from short. Alex Wright then hammered a double to right center which scored Galyean, but McPike was thrown out at the plate.
The Tigers took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as Alex Berlyn walked before Aaron Henry and Ben Gardner reached by being hit by pitches to load the bases. Galyean then delivered a two-run single which knotted the score at 4-4. McPike reached when the Birmingham-Southern first basemen dropped what would have been the completion of a double play. Jason Cohen then singled home Gardner and McPike scored on a wild pitch giving the Tigers a 6-4 advantage.
Jon Walker's sixth-inning single scored Austin Justice and trimmed DePauw's lead to 6-5, but Depauw would get a run back in the seventh when Alex Wright led off with a single and moved to second on Robbie Stein's sacrifice bunt. Wright then moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Sam Swafford's sacrifice fly to right to push the Tigers' lead to 7-5.
The Panthers appeared to be on the verge of a rally. Hulse singled with two outs, Leachman was hit by a pitch and Sam Hill walked to load the bases. Ricco singled home Hulse to cut the deficit to one, but Mike Peterson came in and retired Maxwell on a fly out.
DePauw totaled seven hits as Galyean and Wright each had two. The Panthers finished with 12 hits paced by three from Ricco and two each off the bats of Hulse, Leachman and Justice.
Tigers' starter Andy Manson improved to 3-1 after going 8.2 innings, while Peterson collected his first save of the season. Birmingham-Southern reliever Richard Vance dropped to 3-1 with the loss.