Baseball falls to Wittenberg in season opener

Danny Dopp

SCORE: Wittenberg 8, Earlham 5
LOCATION: Richmond, Ind. (Sadler Stadium)
RECORDS: Earlham 0-1, Wittenberg 1-0

THE SHORT STORY: Earlham College baseball rallied from a 6-0 deficit to make it interesting in the late innings, but was unable to drive in the go-ahead runs in an 8-5 loss to the Wittenberg Tigers in both teams' 2019 season opener.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Witt jumped out to an early lead with one run in the second inning and three more runs in the third, including two runs that crossed on a Jack Siefert single. The Tigers added two more runs in the top of the fourth, taking a 6-0 lead.
  • The Quakers plated three runs in the bottom of the fourth on singles by newcomers Robby Shondel and Jackson Mitchell.
  • Two-out RBI singles by Mitchell and Division II-transfer Cameron Wissel in the bottom of the sixth brought Earlham to within a run of Wittenberg, 6-5.
  • Earlham threatened in the bottom of the eighth after Witt issues three walks, loading up the bases for Addison Robertson with two outs. Tigers pitcher Brandon Beegle got Robertson to fly out, getting Wittenberg out of the jam.
  • The Tigers' Patrick Kenny hit a solo home run to right field to lead off the Wittenberg ninth, and Gage Carpenter doubled home Hayden Knox later in the frame to extend the Witt lead to 8-5.
  • Earlham loaded up the bases again in the ninth after two walks and a hit batsman, but Wittenberg reliever Aaron Fasano induced a grounder to second by Mitchell to seal the win for the Tigers.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • In his first collegiate game, Jackson Mitchell paced the Quakers at the plate with a 2-for-5 effort with three runs batted in. Danny Dopp and Isaiah Shake each had two hits.
  • Five Wittenberg players charted two hits against Earlham: Matt Baker, Ryan Probst, Jack Siefert, Hayden Knox, and Gage Carpenter. Carpenter tallied three RBI while Kenny and Siefert had two apiece.
  • The top four spots in the Earlham batting order went 3-for-18 on the day with one run and no runs batted in, while the Tigers' one through four spots in the order went 7-for-18 with six runs and five RBI.
  • Earlham left 12 runners on base while Wittenberg stranded nine runners aboard.
  • In the "not-in-the-boxscore" category: both teams had to contend with winds that were gusting well over 40 mph throughout the day, and chasing hats around the field was a regular source of stoppages in play. With the wind shifting between blowing out to center and right field, any fly ball proved to be an adventure for both the Tiger and Quaker outfielders.

NEXT UP:

Earlham will host Wittenberg again on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Sadler Stadium.