Kalamazoo gets past Earlham baseball in ninth for 7-5 win

Brian Pincura

SCORE: Kalamazoo 7, Earlham 5
LOCATION: Richmond, Ind. (Sadler Stadium)
RECORDS: Earlham 3-3, Kalamazoo 1-0

THE SHORT STORY: Kalamazoo College plated four runs in the top of the ninth to take a lead over Earlham College baseball, and the Quakers were unable to respond in a 7-5 loss in the first game of a three-game series with the Hornets.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Earlham put four runs on the board to take a 5-2 lead. Danny Dopp double drove in Addison Robertson, Isaiah Shake, and Sam Sprockett for the first three Quaker runs, and Brian Pincura singled home Dopp for the fourth run of the inning.
  • Kalamazoo got one run back in the eighth when Brendan Gausselin reached on a leadoff double, then eventually scored on a throwing error by Earlham at short.
  • The Hornets knotted the game in the ninth after Noah Hecht doubled home Chase Coselman, who reached on a leadoff base hit. A Gausselin grounder to second allowed pinch runner Drew Novetsky to cross for the game-tying run.
  • After striking out K-zoo's Blake Bean for the second out of the inning, Earlham reliever Spencer Owen loaded up the bases with a pair of walks. Aidan Talarek came on for Owen, but he also issued a pair of walks for two more runs before getting Coselman to fly out to center field.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Earlham managed just four hits on the day, while Kalamazoo touched the Quaker pitchers for 12 hits. Each team's hurlers yielded eight walks on the day.
  • Quakers starting pitcher Walter Talcott last four-and-a-third innings and allowed one earned run on six hits while fanning six Hornet batters. Jordan Christian, Domanick Michael, Owen and Talarek combined to finish out the game for Earlham, with Owen getting charged with the loss.
  • Kalamazoo reliever Garrett Swanson picked up the win for his one inning of work, while John Kunec, who finished out the ninth for the Hornets, earned the save.
  • Coselman, Jordan Wiley, Amani Karim, and Zach Prystash each had two hits to pace the Hornets at the plate.

NEXT UP:

Earlham will conclude the three-game series with Kalamazoo College with a doubleheader on Sunday, March 10, starting at 10:00 a.m.