no. 25 baseball splits against Wooster in rematch of 2021 NCAC Championship

GRANVILLE, Ohio (April 30, 2022) – The No. 25 Denison University baseball team saw its 12-game winning streak come to an end as the Big Red fell 10-6 in game two at home against the College of Wooster. Before the game-two loss, the Big Red earned a 6-5 win in game one in what was the first meeting between the two teams since playing each other in the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship Series last season.

Game 1 (Denison 6, Wooster 5)

  • The Big Red jumped on the Fighting Scots early with a 3-0 lead after two innings.
  • Back-to-back doubles by Dylan Hunter and Ari Fierer in the first inning bought home Hunter for the first run of the game, and then Alvarez made it three straight hits for Denison with a single up the middle to score Fierer and make it 2-0.
  • In the top of the second, Jake Welsch led off with Denison’s third double of the game before advancing to third and scoring on sacrifice bunts by Payton Burcho and Charlie Glennonrespectively.
  • Then after Wooster tied the game at 3-3 with a two-out, three-run home run to left field in the top of the fifth, Denison answered right back in the bottom of the fifth as Eric Colaco led off with a single to center and later scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Danny Alvarez† Later on in the inning, Welsch singled to center to score Hunter and make it 5-3 Big Red.
  • In the bottom of the seventh, Denison added what would go on to be the winning run as Fierer hit his second double of the game with one out and later scored on an error by the Scots’ second baseman.
  • That run would prove to be extra important as after Kenny Lippman entered the game to pitch in the top of the seventh inning and got three straight swinging strikeouts to end the seventh followed by two more swinging strikeouts to strand a runner in scoring position in the eighth, Wooster was able to put up two runs on back- to-back two-out singles in the ninth.
  • Fortunately, Lippman’s third swinging strikeout of the inning and eighth of the game in only three innings gave him his second save in the span of one week.
  • Starting pitcher Trey Holland improved to 4-0 on the year with a great six innings pitched allowing seven hits, three runs and only one walk. Holland has now won each of his last three starts against Kenyon, Ohio Wesleyan and now Wooster.

Game 2 (Denison 6, Wooster 10)

  • A four-hit top of the first inning featuring two doubles led to a two-run first inning for the Fighting Scots before Denison got on the board with three singles in the bottom of the first, scoring Colaco on an RBI-single by Alvarez.
  • Then after only one hit between the two teams in the next three innings, both teams scored two runs in the fifth as Wooster put together its second four-hit inning of the game while Denison scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Glennon and a single up the middle by Colaco in the bottom half.
  • Unfortunately, the Wooster offense scored in each of the final five innings to begin to run away from the Big Red in the late stages of the game.
  • A two-run home run down the right field line for the Scots in the top of the seventh made it 7-3, and then a solo homer to right made it 8-3 in the eighth.
  • Denison got two runs back in the bottom of the eighth on a single to center field by Alvarez to score Hunter and a sacrifice fly to right field by Welsch to score Fierer, but then Wooster’s third four-hit inning of the game in the top of the ninth led to two more runs and a 10-5 lead for the Scots.
  • After going 2-for-2 with two RBI’s in game one, Alvarez was 3-for-4 with two RBI’s for the Big Red in game two.

record:

  • no. 25 Denison moved to 23-8 overall and 11-2 in the NCAC while Wooster advanced to 23-10 and 9-5.

NextUp: Tomorrow will be another big day for the Big Red, who hosts Allegheny College and No. 12 Baldwin Wallace University in a triple header during Senior Day on Sunday, May 1.

After recognizing its 13 seniors at approximately 10:40 am, Denison will resume its suspended game from April 11 at Allegheny as the two teams pick back up in the middle of the seventh inning with the Big Red leading 8-4.

Then after a neutral game between Allegheny and Baldwin Wallace at approximately 12:30 pm, the Big Red will take on the Yellow Jackets in nonconference action at approximately 4 pm

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