Tigers Hold Lions to Three Runs in Doubleheader but Offense Scores Just One in Losses

Tigers Hold Lions to Three Runs in Doubleheader but Offense Scores Just One in Losses

Demorest, Ga. - DePauw limited Piedmont to just three runs in the doubleheader, but the offense managed just one run and seven hits and suffered a sweep by scores of 2-1 and 1-0. The Tigers dropped to 2-10 with the losses, while the Lions improved to 22-12.

In the opener, Piedmont struck first in the second as Jessica Bagwell reached on an error and moved to second on Josie Coker's sacrifice bunt. Becka Ross flied out to center and advanced Bagwell to third before Audrey Esakoff delivered a run-scoring single to right.

DePauw tied the game in the fourth as Sidney Holler doubled with one out and pinch-runner Mina Shaw scored on Jordyn Fera's single to center. 

Piedmont responded in the bottom of the fourth as Hannah Hoban led off with a walk and pinch-runner Alexis Owens moved to second on Bagwell's sacrifice bunt. Owens then scored from second on a DePauw error.

Gabby Smart, Abey Bass, Holler and Fera each had one hit for DePauw, while Coker and Esakoff each had two of Piedmont's five hits.

Sarah Walker improved to 11-7, while allowing just four hits. Brooke Bandy dropped to 0-6 after allowing two unearned runs in four innings. Emma Baldwin pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out four.

In the nigthcap, Piedmont scored the game's lone run in the bottom of the first as Haley Hixon singled with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch. Hoban followed with a double to left that scored Hixon.

Lions starter Melissa Eckman retired the first 11 DePauw hitters before Bass singled in the fourth. Andi Sarkisian added a base hit in the fifth and Holler singled in the sixth as the Tigers failed to get a runner past first base. Hixon had three of Piedmont's five hits. 

Baldwin dropped to 0-3 after allowing one run and five hits, while striking out five in six innings. Eckman moved to 11-5 with the three-hit shutout.

DePauw travels to Mount Berry, Ga., tomorrow for a 5 p.m. doubleheader at top-ranked Berry.