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Denison baseball moves to 24-2 after sweep of Hiram

Cam Farren  |  Photo by Tricia Harris
Cam Farren | Photo by Tricia Harris

HIRAM, Ohio--  No. 11 Denison ran its winning streak to a program-best 14 games after a pair of resounding victories over Hiram College on Saturday afternoon.  The Big Red took game one, 16-6 and prevailed 11-2 in game two.  Denison boasts a sparkling 24-2 record and a perfect 8-0 mark in North Coast Athletic Conference play.

Danny Brackman took the hill in game one for DU and struck out six in five innings to improve to 7-1 on the season.  The Big Red pounded out six extra-base hits and 17 hits overall in the opener.  Max Lahn was 3-for-4 with a triple, double and two RBIs.  Ty Robinson reached base in all four plate appearances and was 2-for-2 with a home run.  First-year Carson Wood blasted a grand slam in the third inning off Hiram starter. He also delivered a sacrifice fly in the fourth to finish with a career-high five RBIs in his second career start.

Every player in the Denison starting nine had at least one hit in game one, including Will Krushena who ran his season-long hitting streak to 25 games with a single in the third.

In game two, Wood's big day continued with a 3-run blast to right-center in the third inning to give his team a 6-0 lead.  The first-year was 2-for-4 in the nightcap with four RBIs.  On the day, he was 3-for-7 with nine runs batted in.

Another first-year, Cam Farren, was 5-for-6 with two RBIs and three runs scored.  He is the 11th Denison player since 2000 to have five or more hits in a single game and the first since Jack Blanchard went 6-for-7 against Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2016.

Krushena erased all drama with an infield single in the first inning to extend the hitting streak to 26.  He is one game shy of the program record (27) set by Charlie Apfelbach in 2013.

Taylor Perrett got the start and pitched five innings to improve to 3-0.  He allowed one earned run on seven hits while striking out two.  Sam Maier earned his first career save by pitching three innings of effective relief.  Hiram starter Justin Joyce took the loss to move to 0-3.  He allowed eight earned runs on 11 hits in 4.0 innings pitched.

The Big Red returns to action on Tuesday when they host Kenyon College in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.