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DePauw baseball takes series with Austin, 3-2

Monday, April 21, 2008

MILINGTON, Tenn. -- Senior pitcher Aaron Meyers tossed a six-hit shutout as 14th-ranked DePauw baseball defeated Austin, 6-0 on Sunday. With the win, the Tigers evened the best-of-three Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Cross-Divisional series with the Kangaroos.

The Tigers picked up their school-record 30th win and improved to 30-9, while Austin dropped to 18-24. The previous school record of 29 wins came in 2005.

With the series win, DePauw advances to the SCAC Tournament in Danville, Ky., where they'll open play on Friday.

DePauw wasted little time in getting on the board as it plated four runs in the first. Taylor Hoffman drew a one-out walk and moved to third on Matt Kleine's double.

Mike Stout then reached on an error which allowed Hoffman to score before Adam Ford delivered a sacrifice fly that scored Kleine. Jon Newman followed with a double and Jack Gavin drove in a pair with a triple. Gavin's third-inning groundout scored Stout and his fifth-inning single scored Stout.

Newman, Gavin and Eric Reese each had two of DePauw's eight hits, while Gavin drove in four and Stout scored three. Six different Austin players collected one single apiece as only one Austin runner reached third base.

Meyers improved to 6-1 after scattering six singles in nine innings with three strikeouts and just one walk. Bobby Schleizer suffered the loss and dropped to 2-3.

DPU TAKES GAME TWO

The 14th-ranked Tigers scored five runs in the second which propelled them to an 8-2 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Cross-Divisional Playoff win over Austin on Saturday.

Adam Ford put the Tigers on the board in the second with a solo homer to left before Eric Reese drove in Jack Gavin with a single and Kyle Thompson scored when Justin Weiner reached on an infield error. Taylor Hoffman's two-out single plated Weiner and Reese and gave the Tigers a 5-0 lead.

Ford led off the third with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring on Thompson's single. In the fourth, Kleine drove in Hoffman with a triple and scored on the play for the Tigers' final runs.

Austin scored single runs in the fourth and seventh on RBI singles by Scooter Merritt and John Reisig, respectively.

Jeremy Alland improved to 5-2 after allowing two unearned runs with 10 strikeouts and no walks in eight innings. Paul Rodenhouse pitched a scoreless ninth and struck out a pair. Will Chermak dropped to 4-7 with the loss.

Thompson led the Tigers with three of their 11 hits, while Kleine, Ford and Reese each had two. Austin totaled 13 hits with Andy White, Merritt and Patrick Ray each collecting three. Bennett Herrick and Reisig each had two hits.



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