NCAC Weekly Release (4-30-12) - Baseball
The final spot for the 2012 NCAC Baseball Tournament is still up for grabs as Allegheny (10-4, 17-19) and Wooster (10-4, 22-14) are tied for second in the NCAC East Division; however, the tie will be broken on Tuesday evening as Allegheny travels to Wooster for the final NCAC doubleheader of the regular season The complete tournament bracket with seeds and game time information will be announced on Tuesday (May 1st) evening following the completion of the Allegheny/Wooster doubleheader. DePauw (12-4, 30-10), Kenyon (13-3, 27-10) and Ohio Wesleyan (9-7, 22-16) have already secured berths into the tournament.
ALLEGHENY remains alive for a spot in the NCAC Tournament after splitting an NCAC East doubleheader against Wooster on Sunday. Sophomore pitcher Kyle Davis (Solebury, PA/New Hope-Solebury) tossed a gem for the Gators in their game two victory over the Fighting Scots, scattering six hits and allowing just one earned run in 8.0 innings of work on the hill to earn the victory.
DENISON split a pair of games last week to close out the 2012 season, defeating Kenyon, 7-0, on Tuesday, before falling to Muskingum, 10-4, on Wednesday. Freshman Kyle Colgain (Bethesda, MD/Landon) tossed his first-career complete-game shutout in the win over the Lords.
DEPAUW split a pair of mid-week non-conference games, defeating Rose-Hulman, 7-6, in 11 innings and losing to Washington (MO), 7-6, before dropping a pair of NCAC West Division games against Wabash on Saturday. At 30-10, the Tigers have won the second most games in program history, trailing only the 2008 squad that finished the season wtih 35 wins.
HIRAM was upended by Baldwin-Wallace, 13-3, on Wednesday, before dropping its final two NCAC East Division games against Kenyon on Sunday. Sophomore Tim Calhoun (Canfield, OH/Canfield) hit .500 (6-of-12) on the week with one home run, one double, three runs scored and one RBI.
KENYON wrapped up the top spot in the NCAC East Division for the first time in school history after sweeping Hiram in a twin bill on Sunday. The Lords hit six homers against the Terriers in the two games combined to set the program record for homers in a season with 25. KC’s 13-3 NCAC record is its best in 27 years of competition in the conference, while the 27 wins overall matches the 2006 squad for the most wins in school history.
OBERLIN ended its season with a doubleheader split against Wilmington on Wednesday, falling 8-7 in game one before earning a 7-6 victory in eight innings in game two. Sophomore Sean Cohen (Cherry Hill, NJ/Moorestown Friends) and freshman Ben Whitener (Washington, DC/Woodrow Wilson) tied for the team lead in batting this season with identical .379 averages.
OHIO WESLEYAN went 1-2 in non-conference action last week with its lone victory coming against Malone in 14 innings by a 2-1 margin. Senior Seth Frentsos (Delaware, OH/Hayes) scored the game-winning run for OWU against Malone in the top of the 14th inning, while sophomore right-hander Billy Cooper (Westerville, OH/Central) retired the Pioneers in order in the bottom of the inning to nail down the win.
WABASH closed out is season with three victories last week, including a pair of 7-4 wins over arch-rival and NCAC West Division champion DePauw on Saturday. Senior right-hander Andrew Swart (Crawfordsville, IN/Crawfordsville), who earned his fourth win of the season against the Tigers, ends his career as the fourth-winningest pitcher in program history with 20 wins, while senior Chris Deig (Evansville, IN/F.J. Reitz) collected nine hits on the week to total 206 for his career, which makes him the first hitter in program history to eclipse the 200-hit plateau in a career.
WITTENBERG split a pair of midweek games against non-conference opponents to close out the 2012 season, losing 14-6 at Heidelberg on Wednesday, before defeating Ohio Northern, 6-4, on Thursday. Sophomore Brandon Jordan (Ithaca, NY/Ithaca) was 3-for-4 at the plate against ONU, while junior Zach Finke (Maineville, OH/St. Xavier) pitched four innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory.
WOOSTER split an NCAC West doubleheader with Allegheny on Sunday to set up a showdown on Tuesday between the two squads to determine the final spot in the NCAC Tournament. Senior Josh Stidham (Monclova, OH/Anthony Wayne) got Wooster out of the gates strong against Allegheny as he gave up just one run in 6.1 innings of work en route to the opening game victory.