Baseball's Historic Season Comes to a Close with 5-0 Loss to SUNY Cortland on Saturday

Baseball's Historic Season Comes to a Close with 5-0 Loss to SUNY Cortland on Saturday

POSTGAME INTERVIEW

WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania – The 2017 Earlham College baseball season came to an end on Saturday with a 5-0 loss to No. 4 SUNY (State University of New York) Cortland in an NCAA Division III Mideast Regional game held at Washington & Jefferson College.

The Quakers conclude their season with a 30-14 overall record, the program's first ever 30-win campaign. Earlham also won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) regular season title and HCAC Tournament tile for the first time as well as winning the College's first NCAA Division III Tournament event by defeating the College of Wooster 6-2 on Thursday.

"I'd like to thank all the seniors who helped lead us to this point," head coach Steve Sakosits said. "They helped our program achieve things we haven't ever done at Earlham. They set the bar really high for our underclassmen."

Cortland, which has qualified for the College World Series the last three seasons, jumped out to a 2-0 lead using five hits in the bottom of the first inning. The Red Dragons (35-8) added two more unearned runs in the bottom of the second.

The Quakers, who were shutout for the first time all season, managed two hits in the game, but got runners on second and third with no outs in the seventh after executing a double steal. Unfortunately for Earlham, a strikeout, lineout, and groundout ended the threat.

Cortland added an insurance run in the seventh.

Sophomore Walter Talcott took the loss for Earlham allowing two earned runs in 6.1 innings pitched. Jake Casey, the Cortland starter, went the distance striking out 12 Quakers compared to just one walk.

Seniors Matt Barger and Brennan Laird recorded the hits for Earlham.

Earlham's senior class leaves the program with a 106-60 record including the first winning season in over 40 years, the first HCAC Tournament appearance in program history, the first HCAC Tournament title, and the first appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament.