2014 NCAC Baseball Tournament
Saturday, May 10
Game 1: Wooster 15, DePauw 10 - Box Score
Game 3: Wooster 16, Denison 5 - Box Score
Game 6: DePauw 8, Wooster 5 - Box Score
Game 2: Denison 5, Allegheny 3 - Box Score
Game 4: DePauw 9, Allegheny 3 - Box Score
Game 7: DePauw 4, Wooster 2 - Box Score
Game 5: DePauw 12, Denison 1 - Box Score
DAY TWO PHOTO GALLERY
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DePauw (13-6, 23-19) captured its first North Coast Athletic
Conference baseball championship after topping Wooster (16-3,
29-15) by a 4-2 margin in game seven of the 2014 NCAC Baseball
Tournament on Saturday, May 10, at VA Memorial Stadium in
Chillicothe, Ohio. As league champions, the Tigers have earned the
NCAC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Baseball
In game seven, the Tigers scored an unearned run in the top of the fourth, added two more runs on a double from senior Zach Starr (Fishers, IN/Hamilton Southeastern) in the fifth and closed out their scoring in the top of the seventh on an RBI single off the bat of senior Robbie Stein (Fishers, IN/Hamilton Southeastern). Wooster plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh on RBI hits from seniors Zac Mathie (Millersburg, OH/West Holmes) and Billy Farrow (Evanston, IL/Evanston Twp.), but DePauw senior Michael Chiaro (Chicago, IL/Benet) closed the door on the 4-2 victory in the bottom of the ninth by posting his second save of the tournament. The Tigers forced the “if necessary” game seven with an 8-5 triumph over the Fighting Scots in game six.
DePauw dropped its first game of the tournament against Wooster, 15-10, on Thursday, but went on to win back-to-back elimination games on Friday against Allegheny, 9-3, and Denison, 12-1, to secure its spot in the championship round. Following their 15-10 victory over DPU on Thursday, the Fighting Scots knocked off Denison, 16-5, on Friday to advance to the championship round of the tournament for the third year in a row.
Stein was named the Most Valuable Player of the NCAC Tournament and was joined on the all-tournament team by four teammates, including junior Cory Meixner (Indianapolis, IN/Lawrence North), sophomore Connor Einertson (Ballwin, MO/Westminster Christian), junior Jack Peck (Indianapolis, IN/North Central) and freshman Riley Futterknecht (Bristol, IN/Elkhart Central). In five tournament games, Stein led all hitters with a .522 batting average (12-of-23) to go along with two home runs, one double, one triple, six runs scored and eight RBI. In game six against Wooster, he went 2-for-4 at the plate with a two-run homer in the top of the first and a solo shot in the fifth.
Four Wooster seniors were named to the all-tournament team, including Mathie, Eddie Reese (Canfield, OH/Cardinal Mooney), Bryan Miller (Brecksville, OH/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) and Cal Thomay (Middleburg Hts., OH/Lutheran West). Also named to the all-tournament team was the Denison duo of senior Connor Murphy (Winnetka, IL/New Trier) and junior Charlie Apfelbach (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North), and Allegheny junior Eric Weyant (Export, PA/Kiski Area).
The Tigers, who are making their sixth appearance in the national tournament in program history, will open play in the six-team Moline Regional on the campus of Augustana College in Moline, Illinois, on Wednesday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. (CDT) against Webster (37-12). Webster is the is the automatic qualifier out of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) and enters the regional tournament as the nation’s top-ranked team in the D3baseball.com Top 25 Poll. The winner of the DePauw/Webster game will square off against the loser of the Buena Vista (36-7)/St. Scholastica (30-10) on Thursday, May 15, at 3:30 p.m. (CDT), while the loser will take on the loser of the St. Thomas (33-7)/Rose-Hulman (26-16) opening-round matchup on Thursday at 12:00 p.m. (CDT).
In all six-team regional tournaments, Games 1, 2 and 3 will be played on the first day; Games 4, 5 and 6 will be played on the second day; Games 7, 8 and 9 will be played on the third day, and Games 10 and 11 will be played on the fourth day.
Winners of the eight regional tournaments will qualify for the double-elimination national championship tournament at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin, May 23-27.
2014 All-Tournament Team
Eric Weyant, Allegheny
Charlie Apfelbach, Denison
Connor Murphy, Denison
Eddie Reese, Wooster
Zac Mathie, Wooster
Brian Miller, Wooster
Cal Thomay, Wooster
Cory Meixner, DePauw
Jack Peck, DePauw
Riley Futterknecht, DePauw
Conner Einertson, DePauw
MVP - Robbie Stein, DePauw
Following last weekend’s cross-over series slate, the
field is set for the 2014 NCAC Baseball Tournament, which will be
played at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio, this weekend,
May 8-11. Please note, due to a graduation conflict on Saturday,
the following procedure will used for games six and seven. If
Allegheny is eliminated on Friday, games six and seven will be
played on Saturday. If Allegheny is not eliminated on Friday, games
six and seven will be played on Sunday.
In cross-over series action last weekend, Allegheny (13-6, 27-12), Denison (14-5, 20-19), DePauw (13-6, 19-18) and Wooster (16-3, 27-13) all advanced to this weekend’s four-team tournament. Allegheny took two-of-three from Wabash (10-9, 19-20) and Denison won two-of-three against Hiram (8-11, 15-19), while DePauw and Wooster swept Oberlin (7-12, 17-20) and Ohio Wesleyan (6-13, 13-26), respectively. In the final series of the weekend to determine ninth and 10th place in the final NCAC standings, Kenyon (4-15, 13-24) won two-of-three against Wittenberg (4-15, 11-29) in Springfield.
Wooster, which has won 15 NCAC titles all-time, will open play in the tournament on Thursday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. against DePauw. The DPU Tigers are making their second appearance in the NCAC Baseball Tournament. In the other opening-round game on Thursday night, Denison will take on Allegheny at 8:00 p.m.
The double elimination tournament continues on Friday afternoon with the winners of Thursday’s opening-round contests squaring off at 12:00 p.m. with a slot in the championship round on the line. The losers of Thursday’s opening-round games will meet on Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in the tournament’s first elimination game. The final slot in the championship round will be determined on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. with the winner of game four taking on the loser of game three.
The first championship round game will be played on either Saturday or Sunday at 1:00 p.m., with game seven scheduled for 30 minutes after the completion of game six, if necessary.
Wooster leads the league with 15 NCAC titles, while Ohio Wesleyan has captured 10 conference crowns, Allegheny owns four and Wabash one. The only shared title came in 1985 when the Fighting Scots and Gators shared the crown in the NCAC’s inaugural season.
TICKETS: The prices for admission to the 2014 NCAC Baseball Tournament are $7 for adults and $3 for students and children. Each ticket is good for one day of admission at the tournament.