Baseball opens Fla. trip with win over Kenyon

Isaiah Shake

SCORE: Kalamazoo 7, Earlham 5
LOCATION: Fort Pierce, Fla. (Gladwin Complex)
RECORDS: Earlham 6-3, Kenyon 8-4

THE SHORT STORY: Earlham's Isaiah Shake drew a bases loaded, two-out walk to plate the game-winning run as the Quakers upended Kenyon College in a walk-off, 5-4, to open their four-game Florida spring trip on Tuesday in Fort Pierce, Fla.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Earlham plated four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Danny Dopp stroked a one-out single to right-center and was immediately plated on Austin Hatfield's double to center. Brian Pincura got aboard after being hit-by-pitch, and Cameron McCabe singled to advance Pincura to third and drive in Hatfield. A double-steal with two outs scored Pincura, and Cameron Wissel doubled down the line to left field plating McCabe.
  • With the Quakers just three outs away from the easy win, Kenyon put up four runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game. The Lords scored their four runs on four hits and a pair of Earlham errors.
  • The Quakers manufactured the game-winning run starting with McCabe's one-out single up the middle. Pinch hitter Alec Bryan was hit by a pitch, moving pinch runner James Grace to second base, and Wissel drew a walk to load up the bases. The next Earlham batter struck out for the Quakers' second out of the inning, but Shake drew the walk to force Grace across for the game-winning run.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Walter Talcott, who faced three batters in the top of the ninth in a relief stint, picked up the win to improve his record to 2-1. Starter Joey Gerbus fanned 10 Kenyon batters and scattered five hits while allowing just earned runs over eight-and-a-third innings in the no-decision appearance.
  • Cameron McCabe led the Quakers at the plate with a 3-for-4 effort with one run and one RBI. Three other players had one hit apiece. Overall, Kenyon tallied seven hits to Earlham's six, and the Quakers left six baserunners stranded.
  • Kenyon's Patrick O'Leary charted a 2-for-4 day hitting-wise, with four other Lords players recording a hit.

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.