Despite an early April snowstorm on Friday, the NCAC was able to complete all four of its baseball series last weekend, highlighted by Kenyon sweeping Hiram in the East and DePauw taking three of four against Wittenberg in the West. There are four midweek non-conference games on the schedule this week, while league play picks back up on the weekend, led by DePauw hosting Denison in the West and Wooster traveling to Kenyon in the East
ALLEGHENY went 4-3 last week, opening by taking a pair from Kenyon on Monday to complete a 3-1 series win over the Lords, before ending with a 1-3 mark over the weekend against NCAC East-rival Wooster. Freshman Jarod Deagan (Copley, OH/Copley) had a pair of stellar starts on the mound, as he went all nine innings and allowed just one run with seven K’s in the 9-1 win over Kenyon, before striking out five and allowing just four hits in 8.0 innings of shutout work that resulted in a no-decision in the 3-2 loss against Wooster on Sunday. Senior Robert DiMaggio (Industry, PA/Western Beaver) paced the offense on the week by hitting .357 (10-for-28) with two doubles, one homer, four runs scored and a team-leading 11 RBI.
DENISON, ranked 24th in the ABCA Top-30 and receiving votes in the D3baseball.com/NCBWA Top-25, pushed its program-record winning streak to 12-straight with a pair of NCAC cross-divisional wins on Saturday against Oberlin by scores of 4-2 and 19-10. Junior shortstop Jack Blanchard (Evanston, IL/Evanston Twp.) hit a team-high .556 (5-for-9) in the two games with five runs scored and four RBI, which included a pair of doubles in game one.
DEPAUW opened its NCAC West schedule by taking three of four at Wittenberg. They combined to hit nine homers in the four-game set which now gives them a league-leading 25 bombs on the season. Senior Mike Hammel (Indianapolis, IN/Cathedral) led the offensive explosion as he hit .692 (9-for-13) with seven extra-base hits for a 1.667 slugging percentage. Hammel, who was limited to pitching duties in the series opener, went 3-for-5 in each of the next three games, highlighted by smacking one triple and blasting two homers in the 8-7 win on Sunday. In the three games combined at the plate, he hit four homers, two doubles and the one triple, while also scoring seven times and driving in 10.
HIRAM split a midweek DH against Mount Union that was highlighted by a walk-off RBI single from sophomore Bryan Engdahl (Escondido, CA/San Pasqual) in the 3-2 win over the Purple Raiders. The Terriers then dropped all four games in its NCAC East series at Kenyon over the weekend, which included a heartbreaking 10-9 setback in game four on a walk-off grand slam. The Terriers were haunted by big innings in the KC series as the Lords posted 10 multi-run frames in the series.
KENYON stumbled early in the week with a pair of losses against Allegheny, but the Lords bounced back over the weekend by sweeping Hiram, highlighted by a walk-off grand slam from senior Phillip Nam (Republic of Singapore/Hill School) that gave KC a 10-9 win in game four. Nam, who hit .292 (7-for-24) on the week, also cracked a three-run bomb in the bottom of the seventh on Saturday that put the Lords ahead for good in the series-opening 8-6 win over the Terriers. In Saturday’s 12-0 run-rule win over Hiram, freshman right-hander Will Allen (Nashville, TN/Montgomery Bell Acad.) allowed just four hits and struck out one in 7.0 innings of work to earn his second win of the season.
OBERLIN had a rough week defensively that resulted in four losses, which included dropping a pair against Denison in an NCAC cross-divisional DH on Saturday. The Yeomen also suffered a pair of non-conference losses on the week against John Carroll, 6-1, and Capital, 13-6. Sophomore catcher Brendan Mapes (Mt. Vernon, OH/Centerberg) was a bright spot in the lineup as he went 9-for-15 at the plate on the week with two doubles, a home run and five RBI.
OHIO WESLEYAN split its NCAC West weekend series with Wabash, with the Bishops winning game two, 5-4, and also taking the victory in game four by a 3-1 margin. Sophomore catcher Dalton Henderson (Bethel, OH/New Richmond) singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to lift OWU to the 5-4 win in game two, while freshman right-hander Chris Punka (Tallmadge, OH/CVCA) was lights out on the mound in the 3-1 win on Sunday as he struck out two and allowed just five hits in the 9.0 inning complete-game win.
WABASH dropped a 5-4 non-conference decision on Tuesday, before splitting an NCAC West series at Ohio Wesleyan over the weekend. The Little Giants took game one against OWU, 5-4, thanks to a two-run double from junior Cole Harlacher (Granger, IN/Penn) in the seventh, while senior right-hander Michael Herrmann (Coatesville, IN/North Putnam) and the Wabash bullpen limited the Bishops to just three hits in the 7-0 win in game three on Sunday. Herrmann struck out eight and allowed just three hits in 7.2 innings of shutout work to earn his third victory of the season, while sophomore outfielder Sean Roginski (Lafayette, IN/McCutcheon) was Wabash’s top bat in the series with six hits in 19 at-bats, which included a pair of doubles in Sunday’s win.
WITTENBERG opened its NCAC West series last weekend with a 9-6 win over DePauw in game one, but the Indiana Tigers reeled off victories in the next three games to escape Springfield with the series win. Senior outfielder Dalton Boucher (Granville, OH/Granville) drove in a pair of key runs in the middle innings of the 9-6 victory and finished the four-game series by hitting 7-for-17 (.411) with three doubles, two homers, three runs scored and six RBI.
WOOSTER, ranked seventh in the D3baseball.com/NCBWA Top-25 and ninth in the ABCA Top-30, dropped its NCAC East series opener at Allegheny on Saturday, but the Scots rebounded by winning the next three games, highlighted by a 3-2 win in game three on Sunday that saw Wooster plate all three of its runs in the top of the ninth. Sophomore Chandler Dippman (Waterville, OH/St. John’s Jesuit) played a big role in Sunday’s sweep as he delivered the go-ahead two-run hit in the ninth-inning rally, before earning his first-career pitching victory in the 9-0 win in the series finale. Senior Jamie Lackner (Westlake, OH/Westlake) had a monster game in the wild 16-13 win over the Gators in game two as he went 4-for-5 at the plate with two homers and a career-high seven RBI.