Baseball toppled twice at HCAC foe Anderson

Danny Dopp

ANDERSON, Ind. – Earlham College baseball fell in both ends of a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader at Anderson University on Saturday, with both games requiring extra innings to produce a winner. The Ravens took game one, 3-2, in 10 innings, and completed the twinbill sweep, 5-4, in 11 innings in game two.

The Quakers fall to 23-11 overall, 7-7 in the HCAC, and are in a tie for fourth place by winning percentage.

GAME 1

Single Earlham runs in the first and third innings gave the Quakers a 2-0 lead, before Anderson knotted the contest with a two-run uprising in the fifth. Danny Dopp singled home Isaiah Shake for the Quaker run in the first, and an Addison Robertson triple into the right-center gap in the third drove in Shake for the second run.

Anderson's two-run fifth was aided by two Earlham errors to go with two Raven hits. The Ravens clinched the win in the 10th on a bases loaded single to right field off reliever Matt Mathies, who was charged with the loss.

Earlham amassed eight hits in the loss, led by two-hit efforts from Shake and Dopp, but left nine runners aboard and did not get a baserunner past second after the fourth inning.

Starter Walter Talcott scattered seven hits and fanned five Ravens while allowing no earned runs over nine innings of work in the no-decision outing.

Chuck Kidd and Nick Jones each had three hits to pace Anderson at the plate, and all 10 of the Ravens' hits were singles. AU starter John Becker struck out 15 Earlham batters in the complete game victory.

GAME 2

Earlham posted a four-run third inning, keyed by Dopp's two-run double to left field, and grabbed a 4-1 lead over the Ravens after three complete.

Anderson tied things up with three runs in the bottom of the fourth on three hits and two Earlham errors, and neither team was able to break the deadlock over the remaining five innings.

The Ravens plated the game-winning run in the 11th when Jonathan Willoughby stroked a double into right field, scoring Kidd from first base.

Marc Gendreau and Dre Davis each had two hits to account for four of the Quakers' nine hits.

Earlham baseball returns home for its final four regular season games, all versus HCAC opponents. The Quakers will host Transylvania University for an HCAC doubleheader on Tuesday, May 1, starting at 4:00 p.m.

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