RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College baseball team hosts Wilmington College for a three-game series at Sadler Stadium this weekend.
The Series: Earlham and Wilmington will play a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday followed by a single contest at noon on Sunday.
The Teams: Earlham and Wilmington. The Quakers of Earlham stand at 1-4 after falling to Heidelberg University 20-14 in an offensive showdown on Thursday. The Quakers of Wilmington stand at 3-8 after falling to Johnson (Tennessee) on Wednesday.
The Coaches: Steve Sakosits is in his seventh season leading the Earlham baseball program. A coach of 38 All-HCAC honorees, Sakosits is the program's all-time leader in career victories and has led the Quakers to the HCAC Tournament the past two seasons. Dan Cleaver is in his third season leading is alma mater.
Hitters to Watch: A pair of freshman, Danny Dopp and Isaiah Shake, lead Earlham in batting average. Both feature over a .400 clip from the batter's box with Dopp second on the team in RBIs and Shake first in doubles with four. Senior Eric Elkus has three home runs and has batted in 15 runners, both of which are team highs. Joshua Chu quarterbacks the Wilmington offense with a team-high 11 hits, two home runs, and 14 RBIs.
Pitchers to Watch: Sophomore Walter Talcott and freshman Spencer have not given up earned runs for Earlham, but both have pitched just one inning. Senior Howie Smith has a team-high eight strikeouts. Matt Oney leads the Wilmington pitching staff with a 2-0 record, a perfect ERA, and seven strikeouts in 14 innings pitched.
Stark Contrast: The Earlham offense averages an astounding 11.2 runs per game after scoring over a dozen in its last two games. The Quakers' pitching staff, however, allows 10.93 earned runs per contest.
Recent History: Earlham is 8-0 against Wilmington in the Sakosits era. Earlham won all three contests last year, 4-1, 3-0, and 19-3.
Quaker Bowl: Both Earlham and Wilmington used the Quakers as their institution's nickname. Earlham was previously known as the Fightin' Quakers while Earlham was called the Hustlin' Quakers.
Coverage: Live statistics and live video of all three games will be available – visit the links above.
Up Next: Earlham hosts Wittenberg University for a 4 p.m. game on Wednesday before opening Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology next weekend.