Denison hurlers Kyle Colgain, Connor Hanrahan, and Ryan Mulligan combined for a complete game 4-hitter as Denison captured game two over John Carroll, 3-0, to earn a doubleheader split on Sunday afternoon in Granville.
After suffering an 8-1 loss in the opening game, Colgain would go on to even his record to 4-4 by pitching five innings. The junior scattered two hits and walked three while striking out four. Hanrahan relieved Colgain in the sixth and would pitch one and a third, allowing just one hit.
With one out and a runner on first base in the top of the seventh, Mulligan left his regular short stop position and entered the game where he would record the final two outs for his team-leading third save of the season.
DU scored one run in the first when Charlie Apfelbach scored after Andrew Touhy grounded into a double play. In the second, Nick Marsit and Lascelles Lagares led off the inning with walks. Zac Lewinski would sacrifice the pair to second and third base. Marsit would go on to score the game's second run via an Evan Flax sacrifice fly.
The Big Red would tack on an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth when Duncan Moran's RBI single plated Touhy.
Apfelbach and Moran both had two hits for Denison in game two. John Carroll starter Jimmy Spagna was charged with the loss. He walked five but did not surrender a hit in 1.2 innings pitched.
In game one, Denison starter Connor Murphy was touched up for seven hits and five earned runs in three innings pitched. Murphy, who had given up just three earned runs in his 29.1 innings pitched this month wasn't as sharp this afternoon. Charlie Binford pitched the final four innings in relief of Murphy. He did not allow an earned run while giving up five hits.
The Denison offense pieced together six hits, as Touhy drove in Denison's lone run with a base hit in the first inning.
John Carroll's Andrew Doring went the distance to improve to 2-2 on the year. He struck out seven and walked just one in seven innings pitched.
Denison's record moves to 18-16 while John Carroll's moves to 19-14. Denison will return to action on Monday (April 28) when they travel to Berea, Ohio for a 9-inning game with Baldwin Wallace that is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.