Angola, Ind. - In a matchup of teams that squared off in last May's NCAA regional championship game, DePauw and 11th-ranked Trine split a doubleheader with the Thunder taking the first game, 4-1, and the Tigers winning the nightcap, 6-4. DePauw moved to 6-11, while Trine is now 12-6.
In the opener, DePauw took a 1-0 lead in the second as Lauren Godden reached on an error and pinch-runner Julia Waggoner moved to second on Haleigh Chasteen's sacrifice bunt. Gabby Smart followed with an RBI single.
Trine matched that in the bottom of the third as Erica Robles led off with a double and scored on Kendra Marshall's single to right.
The Thunder added three more in the fifth as Marshall led off with a double and Kaylee Fox walked. Lainey McCue doubled in pinch-runner Cassidey Carraway before Rachel Zink singled home pinch-runner Kristy Rawlings. Zink stole second and an error on the throw allowed McCue to score.
Smart and Emma Baldwin each had one hit for the Tigers, while Erica Robles and Marshall collected three each of Trine's nine hits and Zink added two.
Justine Robles improved to 7-2 in the circle with the two-hitter as she allowed just one unearned run and struck out six. Emma Baldwin dropped to 2-6 with the loss in relief of Brooke Bandy.
In game two, DePauw got out to a 2-0 lead in the first as Ashlee Gibson and Sammi Bell led off with singles. Bell advanced to second on her hit that sent Gibson to third. Linsey Button followed with a sacrifice fly and Godden's grounder brought home Bell.
Trine answered in the bottom of the first as Erica Robles reached on a wild pitch on the third strike. After Kaitlyn Clark reached on a fielder's choice that forced Robles, Marshall reached on an error. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch before Fox singled both home.
The Thunder took a 4-2 lead in the second when Zink was hit by a pitch with two outs and stole second before moving to third on Emily White's single. White stole second before Erica Robles drove in Zink with an infield hit. Robles then stole second and an error on the throw allowed White to score.
DePauw gained the lead for good in the fifth as Button reached on an error and pinch-runner Liz Getz moved to second on Godden's single. Chasteen reached on a fielder's choice that forced Getz at third. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and Smart followed with a double that scored Godden. Panos singled home pinch-runner Morgan Pigusch and gave the Tigers a 5-4 advantage.
The Tigers tacked on an insurance run in the sixth as Gibson led off with a double and moved to third on Bell's sacrifice bunt before scoring when Button reached on a fielder's choice bunt.
DePauw totaled 14 hits paced by Holler with three. Gibson, Chasteen, Smart and Panos each added two. Five different Trine players had one hit each.
Gibson improved to 2-1 with the win in the circle as she allowed two earned runs with three strikeouts and no walks in six innings. Baldwin collected the save after pitching a scoreless seventh. Kate Saupe dropped to 2-2 for the Thunder.
DePauw opens North Coast Athletic Conference play on Saturday, April 2, with a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Hiram. The games are also the home opener for the Tigers.