FORT MYERS, Fla. - Thanks to a season-high nine strikeouts from sophomore Taylor Perrett, Denison baseball rounded out their spring trip on Saturday afternoon with a 5-0 shutout of Williams College in Fort Myers, Fla. Sitting at 13-2 through the first 15 games of the season, the Big Red are off to their hottest start in program history. The program's best start prior to this season came in 2004 when DU opened the campaign at 12-2.
Totalling five runs on 11 hits for the game, the Big Red earned their first shutout of the season behind a dominant pitching performance from Perrett. Over six innings on the mound, Perrett earned the win while allowing only five hits and one walk with nine strikeouts, the second-most of his career.
Through the first two innings of action, Perrett and Williams' starter Charlie Carpenter combined to allow zero runs on three hits and recorded four strikeouts.
Tied at 0-0 entering the bottom of the third, Denison's Nick Pettigrew singled to open the inning. Three batters later with runners on first and third, senior Grady Paine drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single that sent Vince Walker to second and scored Pettigrew from third.
Following three-straight outs from Perrett in the top of the fourth, the Big Red continued to add to their lead in the home half of the inning when an RBI single from Pettigrew scored Will Krushena and Max Lahn to increase DU's lead to three, 3-0.
Leading 4-0 entering the bottom of the seventh, Walker and Paine started the inning with back-to-back singles. After Ty Robinson grounded out and Walker was thrown out at home, Lahn connected on an RBI single that scored Paine and put the Big Red ahead, 5-0.
Pitching the final three innings of the game for Denison, freshman Henry Haack kept the game scoreless while recording four strikeouts to earn the first save of his career and give the Big Red their third win over their last four games. Williams earned their first loss of the season, dropping to 5-1 in 2019.
Pettigrew led DU with a 3-for-3 performance at the plate, totalling an RBI and a run scored. Lahn and Paine each went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a run driven in.
The Big Red will return to action on Tuesday, March 26 when they host Ohio Northern University at 5 p.m.