GRANVILLE, Ohio-- No. 9 Denison improved to 30-5 and remained undefeated at Big Red Field in 2019 after a 9-7 victory over Baldwin Wallace on Sunday. With the win, Denison head coach Mike Deegan became the program's career leader in wins, passing Barry Craddock with 183 victories.
BW entered the game as the No. 4 ranked team in the Mideast region while DU held down the top spot in the regional rankings.
Denison took a 7-0 lead after a four-run first and a three-run second. BW starter Spencer Aukerman struggled to find command early and the Big Red loaded the bases with two walks and a bunt single by Daniel Spencer. Will Krushena drew a bases-loaded walk and Brian McAuliffe's sacrifice fly to center, scored Grady Paine with the second run of the game. Cam Farren delivered a two-out base hit to right that scored Krushena and Spencer.
In the second, Krushena and McAuliffe delivered some two-out magic as Krushena blasted an RBI triple to the alley in right-center and McAuliffe connected on his league-leading ninth home run of the season.
Denison starter Taylor Perrett cruised through the Baldwin Wallace lineup the first time around, but he ran into some trouble in the third, allowing four runs on five hits. He did induce a pop-up and a ground out to get out of a bases-loaded jam, preserving a 7-4 lead.
In the fifth, the Yellow Jackets loaded the bases with one out and Perrett was removed for senior right-hander John Troll. One run did score on a balk but Troll managed to log a strikeout and a ground out to get out of the inning with a 7-5 advantage.
Denison scored two more in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI double by Farren and later, Farren and Anthony Ruggieri executed a delayed double steal of home and second to perfection to make it a 9-5 contest.
B-W scored one in the sixth on a double by Kyle Pennington but freshman reliever Henry Haack entered the game and worked out of the second and third with one out jam. Haack pitched 3.1 innings of relief, scattering four hits and one earned run while striking out three. He got the win to improve to 2-0.
In the ninth, after an RBI single by Dylan Wilson brought the go-ahead run to the plate with two outs, Deegan called on closer Mikey Rivera and the senior struck out Brandon Dim for his seventh save of the season.
Farren was 2-for-4 with three RBIs while Robinson and Spencer went 2-for-5.
The victory moves the Big Red's winning streak against the Ohio Athletic Conference to 24 games dating back to April 27, 2016. Denison is 11-0 at home this season and 37-5 at Big Red Field over the last three seasons.
Denison returns to action on Monday (April 29) when they host Muskingum University at 6 p.m.