The 2017 NCAC Baseball season kicked off last weekend with three of the 10 league teams in action, highlighted by DePauw (3-0, 0-0) posting a perfect 3-0 record in Millington, Tennessee. While Denison and Ohio Wesleyan will open their spring season’s in Ohio next week, Hiram, Kenyon and Wabash are all slated to open the season on spring break trips. Hiram and Kenyon will be competing in Florida, while Wabash is making the trip out west to Arizona for its training trip.
ALLEGHENY opened the 2017 campaign with back-to-back wins over John Carroll on Saturday in Beckley, West Virginia; however, the Blue Streaks battled back and won Sunday’s finale in extra innings by an 11-10 margin. In Saturday’s 13-7 win over JCU, junior Chase Davis (Homer, NY/Homer) went 4-for-6 at the plate with an RBI and two runs score, while senior right-hander Corey Keenan (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield Area) picked up the win on the hill in the 7-6 game two victory after striking out four and allowing just one earned run on four hits in 5.0 innings of work.
DEPAUW opened its season at 3-0 for the first time since 2012 following three wins in Tennessee last weekend against Greenville, 6-5, Mary Hardin-Baylor, 11-4, and Rhodes, 7-5. Senior third baseman Tate Stewart (Granville, OH/Granville) had a solid opening weekend to the season as he hit 7-for-13 (.667) at the plate with two doubles, three RBI and seven runs scored, which included a 4-for-5 effort at the plate in the seven-run win over UMHB.
WABASH won the final game of a three-game set at Transylvania by a score of 23-2 on Sunday to salvage a 1-2 start to the 2017 season. The Little Giants pounded out 49 hits over the three-game series, which included 20 hits in the game three victory. Junior infielder Cole Harlacher (Granger, IN/Penn) paced the lineup on the weekend by going 8-for-12 (.667) at the plate with two doubles, one homer, seven RBI and five runs scored. Senior right-hander Michael Herrmann (Coatesville, IN/North Putnam) was also lights out for Wabash on the mound in the 23-2 win as he struck out 10 batters and allowed just on unearned run on three hits in 6.0 total innings of work.