Baseball takes twinbill off Kalamazoo, 2-1 and 11-7

Cameron McCabe

SCORE: G1-Earlham 2, Kalamazoo 1. G2-Earlham 11, Kalamazoo 7
LOCATION: Richmond, Ind. (Sadler Stadium)
RECORDS: Earlham 4-3, Kalamazoo 1-2

THE SHORT STORY: Earlham College baseball relied on solid pitching and flawless defense in game one and outlasted the Hornets in an error-laden slugfest in game two, on its way to a doubleheader sweep over Kalamazoo College, 2-1 and 11-7, on Sunday afternoon at Sadler Stadium

GAME 1 - HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Earlham plated all its runs with two outs in the third inning. Isaiah Shake drew the two-out walk, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Addison Robertson got aboard and reached second courtesy a throwing error by the Kalamazoo second baseman, allowing Shake to score. Danny Dopp singled home Robertson, before being stranded on second on Austin Hatfield's fly out to right field to end the inning.
  • Kalamazoo got one run back in the top of the sixth, when Chase Coselman reached on a leadoff single and eventually crossed for an unearned run on Noah Hecht's grounder to short.
  • The Hornets actually outhit the Quakers in Saturday's first game, but Earlham starter Kyle Gorman did an effective job of limiting Kalamazoo's scoring opportunities. After a rough first inning, in which he allowed two hits and had runners on second and third before getting out of the frame, Gorman retired the side in the third and fourth innings and did not allow more than one hit in any inning over his remaining five-and-two-thirds innings of work.
  • Defensively, Earlham turned in its third error-free performance of the season – all of which have ended in Quaker victories.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Dopp, Brian Pincura, and Easton Embry all recorded singles for the Quakers to account for Earlham's three hits.
  • Coselman and Austin Duff paced Kalamazoo at the plate with two hits each.
  • Gorman scattered six hits over his 6.2 innings on the mound, improving to 2-0 on the season and lowering his ERA to 1.15. Domanick Michael earned the save, his first of the season.

GAME 2 - HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Earlham jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, thanks to a hit, an error, and two walks issued by Kalamazoo starter Parker Sisovsky. Robby Shondel doubled home Brian Pincura and Danny Dopp to cap the scoring in the first inning.
  • The Quakers blew a 4-1 game wide open with a seven-run uprising in the fifth behind five Earlham hits and two Kalamazoo errors. Cameron Wissel keyed the inning with a two-run single, while both Isaiah Shake and Brian Pincura tripled home runs for Earlham. Cameron McCabe and Addison Robertson each stroked RBI singles in the frame, which set a new benchmark for the Quakers for most runs in an innings this season.
  • Earlham held an 11-1 lead heading into the top of the ninth, but Kalamazoo rallied for six runs while forcing the Quakers to go deep into their bullpen to close out the game. The Hornets batted around with four hits, a walk, and a hit batsman, and took advantage of an Earlham error that allowed a pair of runs to score. Ben Johanski plated one run on a base hit, while Paul Pavliscak doubled home another Hornet run.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Earlham starter Colin Greve turned in a solid performance, scattering three hits and fanning six Hornet batters while walking four on his way to the victory. Zach Brake finished out the game in the ninth and picked up the save.
  • Brian Pincura, Cameron McCabe, and Cameron Wissel each had a pair of hits for the Quakers, with Wissel also recording two RBI. Robby Shondel also finished with two runs batted in. Pincura, McCabe, and Isaiah Shake, each scored twice for the Quakers. Earlham outhit Kalamazoo, 9-8, in game two of Saturday's twinbill, including three extra-base hits.
  • A total of 29 Kalamazoo players got into Saturday's second game, including eight different pitchers.

NEXT UP:

Earlham opens its four-game Florida spring break trip on Tuesday, March 12, when the Quakers face Kenyon College. Game time in Fort Pierce, Fla., is slated for 1:30 p.m.