CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind.—Denison reached the 30-win milestone for the third time in program history after a doubleheader sweep on the road at Wabash. Denison took game one, 4-2 and ran away with the game two, 16-1.
With the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament approaching next week, Denison is peaking at the right time. Winners of six-straight and 19 of their last 21, Denison is hitting .315 over that stretch with a 2.89 team ERA.
In game one, Danny Brackman got the start and pitched six innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits. Trailing 1-0 heading to the third, Grady Paine tied the game with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Brian McAuliffe. Jack Blanchard followed with an RBI single to center, scoring Nick Pettigrew.
The Little Giants tied the game in the bottom of the third on a fielder's choice that scored Henry Wannemuehler.
In the fifth, McAuliffe led off with a single. Tanner Johnson delivered an RBI triple to the gap in right-center. Paine followed with a single up the middle, scoring Johnson with the fourth run of the game to take a 4-2 lead.
Brackman worked out of a small jam in the sixth, striking out Tyler Downing to end the inning. In the seventh, Denison turned to Mikey Rivera out of the bullpen and he closed out the final three innings, allowing one hit and two walks to pick up his seventh save of the season. Brackman improved to 5-1 on the year. Blanchard and McAuliffe led the DU offense with two hits apiece.
In game two, Denison erupted for six runs in the third and five more in the fourth to take an 11-0 lead for starter Perley Provost.
Johnson plated the first pair of runs in game two with another triple down the right field line. Paine followed with a 2-run homer to right. With the bases loaded and one out, Sam Frazen singled through the right side of the infield, scoring Will Krushena and Jack Blanchard.
With a 6-0 lead heading to the fourth, Frazen delivered the biggest blow of the game with a bases loaded double to left that cleared the bases and gave the Big Red the 11-0 lead.
Provost finished out the fifth inning for Denison. He allowed only two hits and walked one with three strikeouts to improve to 10-0 on the year. With the win, he tied the Denison single-season record for wins and he moved into second place in career victories (21). Andrew Bruss, Cody Mauri, Daniel Kurtzer and Caleb Struewing worked the final four innings to close out the game.
Johnson was 4-for-5 and a home run shy of the cycle as he scored four runs and drove in two. He is only five hits shy of 200 career hits which ranks him fourth in the Denison record book. Paine was 3-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Frazen went 3-for-4 with a team-high five RBIs and two doubles and Blanchard has now reached base in 34 consecutive games.
Denison will close out the regular season on Sunday when they travel to Otterbein for a 3 p.m. game against the Cardinals. A win will tie the single-season record for wins (31) set in 2003 and 2004.