Baseball wraps up Florida week with 6-1 loss to North Park

Cameron Wissel

SCORE: North Park 6, Earlham 1
LOCATION: Fort Pierce, Fla. (Gladwin Complex)
RECORDS: Earlham 6-6, North Park 6-5

THE SHORT STORY: Earlham College hitters pounded out 10 hits off North Park University pitchers, but three Quaker errors and 14 Viking hits combined to give North Park a 6-1 win over Earlham, as the Maroon and White wrapped up its 2019 spring break trip to Fort Pierce, Fla.  

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Earlham got on the scoreboard first when Isaiah Shake drew a bases loaded walk in the top of the second to score Austin Hatfield, giving the Quakers a 1-0 lead.
  • North Park grabbed the lead with three runs in the bottom of the second. The first two Viking batters reached on singles, and both were sacrificed into scoring position. Jared Cantu's single up the middle plated the tying run, and the go-ahead run scored on the wild pitch on the ensuing at bat. A sacrifice fly to right-center scored Cantu for the third Viking run.
  • The Vikings manufactured insurance runs in the third, fifth, and eighth innings to pad their lead against the Quakers. Earlham had two runners in scoring position in the fifth, seventh, and ninth innings, but were unable to drive in any additional runs to close the gap with North Park.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Danny Dopp charted three singles against the Vikings - the most hits he has recorded in a game this season – and extended his hitting streak to four games. Isaiah Shake had a double, his fourth of the season and second in as many games, in his only hit of the day. Six other Quaker batters recorded singles.
  • Earlham left 12 runners aboard, and plated one out of its nine runners in scoring position against North Park. The Vikings finished the day with 13 runners stranded.
  • Starter Kyle Gorman lasted three complete innings, fanned two Viking batters while allowing four earned runs on seven hits and two walks. Colin Greve (fourth inning) and Domanick Michael (sixth inning) came on in relief.
  • North Park's Anthony DiNardo went 4-for-4 against Earlham with two RBI. Nike Buck, Jake Reinhardt, and Davis Brandon each recorded two hits.

NEXT UP:

Earlham returns home to Sadler Stadium on Tuesday, March 19, to face Alma College. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.