WESTFIELD, Ind. – Kenyon College earned a sweep of DePauw University in North Coast Athletic Conference action on Sunday. The Lords exploded for a 17-7 win in the opener before rallying for a 6-5 victory in game two. The victories moved the team’s record to 10-11 and 4-3 in conference play.
Alex Gow and Matt Contreras each collected four hits as the Lords rolled in game one 17-7. Kenyon amassed 17 runs on 22 hits, both season-highs.
On the mound, Will Allen picked up the win for the Lords as he went seven innings, allowed just two earned runs and fanned six.
In the second, Kenyon broke a scoreless tie with six runs. Patrick O’Leary tripled to start and Ryan Page followed with a single giving the Lords a 1-0 lead. Later in the frame, Matt von Roemer drove in Paul Siciliano before Contreras doubled down the left-field line plating two.
DePauw scored two in the home half of the second but Kenyon followed with a four-run third to seize momentum again. Mikey Arman drove in Joaquin Murrieta with a sacrifice fly to bring the count to 7-2. The Lords also added a one-run triple from von Roemer and a two-run homer from Contreras.
The Tigers were able to bring the deficit to 10-5 in the bottom of the third. However, that would be the last of their scoring until the ninth inning. From the fourth through the eighth innings, Allen allowed just three hits.
Kenyon continued adding to its lead including scoring four combined in the eighth and ninth innings.
Trailing 5-1 heading to the eighth, the Lords plated five runs to take a 6-5 lead before closing the game out in the ninth with a double play.
The Lords led 1-0 after three frames as Arman connected with an RBI double for the game’s only scoring.
DePauw, though, responded with five combined runs in the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Collin Einertson drove in Noah Salasky on a groundout. An inning later, Brayden White, Nolan Lavender and Einertson all had run-scoring hits to push the score to 5-1.
After scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh, the Lords got into gear. Siciliano and Arman smacked doubles and triples, respectively, to bring the count to 5-2. In the next at-bat, Page drove in Arman with another double and brought the tally to 5-3.
A couple batters later, the Lords tied things up. Gow drove in Page on a fielder’s choice and in the same sequence, a throwing error allowed von Roemer to score. Kenyon’s sixth run of the game came off the bat of Murrieta whose sacrifice fly pushed Contreras across home for the go-ahead score.
In the ninth, DePauw had a runner in scoring position with one out. However, Lavender’s shot to right field was caught by Arman who then threw Grant Rademacher out at second base.
Arman went 3-for-3 to lead the offense while Siciliano and O’Leary added two hits. On the mound, Jesse Bogacz earned the win going 4.2 innings, striking out nine and not allowing a run.
Kenyon will return to action on Tuesday with another conference doubleheader against Denison University.