RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College continued its blazing start to the 2018 season with a doubleheader sweep over Kalamazoo College on Saturday at Sadler Stadium. The Quakers took game one of the twinbill, 5-3, and completed the sweep with an 8-4 triumph in game two.
The Quakers, who received a single vote in last week's D3baseball.com poll, improved to 10-0 on the season. Earlham and Kalamazoo will complete the three-game series with a single game on Sunday, March 11, starting at noon.
Earlham came back from a 2-0 deficit on its way to a 5-3 win over Kalamazoo in game one, after the Hornets posted single runs in the first and third innings.
The Quakers plated a pair of runs in the fourth on two hits, a walk, and a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 2-2, then grabbed a 4-2 lead in the sixth on Andrew McFadden's sac fly to left field and an RBI single by Dre Davis.
Kalamazoo rallied for a single run in the ninth and threated to take a larger bite out of the Earlham lead with runners on first and third with one out, but reliever Spencer Owen struck out the next two batters to clinch the win.
Kyle Gorman fanned four Hornet batters over 6.2 innings of work on his way to the win, improving his record to 3-0. Owen earned his third save of the season.
Robertson finished with three hits, one run, and one RBI, while Davis charted a pair of hits.
Earlham jumped all over Kalamazoo early in game two, answering the Hornets' single run in the first inning with a five-run uprising in the second. The Quakers received two-out, two-run singles from Isaiah Shake and Danny Dopp, with Marc Gendreau crossing for Earlham's fifth run while Dopp was caught in a rundown after being picked off first.
After a single Earlham run in the third and a Kalamazoo run in the fourth, the Quakers added two runs in the fourth on two hits, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch to take an 8-2 lead.
Kalamazoo manufactured one run in the seventh to cut the deficit to 8-3, and Amani Karim singled home another Hornet run in the ninth to make the score, 8-4. That left Kalamazoo with two runners aboard with none out, but a 4-6-3 double play and a Jordan Christian strikeout ended the threat and handed Earlham the victory.
Shake finished with two hits and two RBI, while Dopp and McFadden each drove in a pair of runs. Starter Joey Gerbus picked up the win after fanning four Hornet batters and allowing two earned runs on five hits.
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