By: Zach Frizzell
FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College Baseball team continued its thirteen game homestand on Tuesday afternoon, as they faced the DePauw Tigers.
On a day more suited for a snowball fight than baseball game, the Grizzlies (9-0) and Tigers (1-6) fought off cold temperatures and flurries at John P. McDowell Field.
After falling behind early, Franklin unleashed the bats for 15 consecutive runs. The game was called due to snow in the bottom of the sixth inning due to snow and slippery conditions, but the weather held off long enough to give the Grizzlies a 15-6 win, keeping Franklin's perfect season intact.
Nick Wright, Drew Naumovich, Jacob Bryant and Brandt Pawley all had two hits for the Grizzlies and six different Grizzlies scored multiple runs in the outburst. Naumovich led all players with four RBI, three coming on his first home run of the 2018 campaign.
DePauw would get the early jump on the Grizzlies, scoring five runs off five hits in the first two innings on freshman Connor Morton. DePauw would stretch the lead to 6-0 with another run in the third, but the Grizzlies would shake off the slow start in a big way.
Pawley got the Grizzlies on the board in their half of the third inning, bringing Bryant home with an RBI groundout. That proved to be just the start of the rally, as Franklin would explode for six runs just an inning later.
Franklin loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth, plating their first run when Wright scored on a wild pitch. Three pitches later, Naumovich crushed a pitch over the right field wall, cutting the DePauw lead to 6-5 with his second career long ball. Later in the inning, Pawley tied things up with an RBI double and came in to score the go-ahead run on Sam Claycamp's RBI single.
The onslaught continued for the Grizzlies in the fifth in the form of a two-out rally. Wright, Naumovich and Bryant all collected RBIs in the inning as eight Grizzlies came across the dish to cap the scoring. Ryan Bixler led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a triple into the gap in a blizzard in what was the final batter before the game was called.
Ben Sprinkle (1-0) got the win for the Grizzlies, working two innings of two-hit ball to earn his first career victory in his third career appearance.
The Grizzlies continue their homestand this weekend with a three-game series against Capital University. The series starts on Saturday with a double-header beginning at noon at John P. McDowell Field.