Baseball drops both ends of doubleheader to Wis.-Oshkosh

Head Coach Steve Sakosits

SCORE: G1-Wis.-Oshkosh 8, Earlham 0. G2- Wis.-Oshkosh 7, Earlham 5
LOCATION: Richmond, Ind. (Sadler Stadium)
RECORDS: Earlham 8-8, Wis.-Oshkosh 5-6

THE SHORT STORY: The Earlham College baseball team was able to get runners aboard against Wisconsin-Oshkosh but struggled to move runners around the bases in a doubleheader sweep at the hands of the visiting Titans, 8-0 and 7-5, on Saturday at Sadler Stadium. Earlham was 7-of-29 with runners on base and 4-of-11 with runners in scoring position over the two games, and left a combined 16 runners aboard. Quaker pitchers combined for nine strikeouts in game one and 11 strikeouts in game two.

GAME 1 - HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Earlham was handcuffed with just four hits while Wisconsin-Oshkosh plated its eight runs on nine hits, including four for extra bases.
  • Wisconsin-Oshkosh put a single run on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning on Jensen Hinton's two-out RBI single to right field. The Titans sacrificed home another run in the top of the third, extending their lead to 2-0.
  • A solo home run by the Titans' Dylan Ott in the fifth gave UWO a 3-0 lead, and the Titans manufactured their fourth run in the sixth on a walk, a single, and two Earlham errors.
  • The Titans capped their scoring with a four-run uprising in the ninth, courtesy a two-run single to center by Hinton, and Hunter Staniske's two-run double to left.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Earlham starter Walter Talcott fanned eight Titan batters and allowed four runs, two earned, on five hits and three walks over his 5.2 innings of work. Nate Hemmerich came on in relief of Talcott in the sixth, while Zach Brake closed things out in the ninth.
  • Cameron McCabe had a pair of hits to lead the Quakers at the plate.
  • Alex Koch charted a 3-for-5 day at the plate for Wisconsin-Oshkosh, with two runs scored. Jensen Hinton had a pair of hits with three RBI.

GAME 2 - HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Earlham jumped out to an early lead with a four-run second inning, keyed by Isaiah Shake's two-out, three-run triple to center field. Shake crossed for the fourth run of the frame on the very next at bat: Marc Gendreau's shot into left field.
  • Oshkosh closed the gap in the third with three runs on four singles, a hit-by-pitch, and a sac fly to left field.
  • Two more Oshkosh runs in the fifth put the Titans in front, 5-4, on a leadoff single and a pair of Earlham errors.
  • The Titans added single runs in the seventh and eighth innings, before the Quakers attempted to rally in the ninth. Shake got the frame started with a single, and scored on Danny Dopp's single and an error by the UWO left fielder. The rally was squelched with a pair of ground outs to short then second to get Oshkosh out of the jam.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Kyle Gorman got the start in game two, and charted seven strikeouts but allowed five runs, four earned on seven hits over his five-inning stint. Jordan Christian struck out three of the 10 batters he faced in 2.0 innings of relief work, while Domanick Michael closed out the game.
  • Danny Dopp went 4-for-5 for the Quakers, while Cameron McCabe had three hits.

NEXT UP:

Earlham concludes the three-game series against Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Sunday, March 23, at 11:00 a.m.