Baseball drops HCAC doubleheader at home to Rose-Hulman

Brian Pincura

SCORE: G1- Rose-Hulman 3, Earlham 0 / G2- Rose-Hulman 6, Earlham 1
LOCATION: Richmond, Ind. (Sadler Stadium)
RECORDS: Earlham 11-14, 3-5 HCAC / Rose-Hulman 14-8, 4-0 HCAC

THE SHORT STORY: Earlham College baseball was unable to capitalize on situations where it had runners in scoring position and make of the most of a pair of quality pitching starts, and dropped both ends of a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader to Rose-Hulman, 3-0 and 6-1, on Tuesday night at Sadler Stadium. The Quakers stranded 20 baserunners over the two games.

GAME 1 - HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Rose-Hulman plated a pair of runs in the top of the first, which turned out to be all the runs the Fightin' Engineers would need. Connor Shipley and Davis Robeson reached on back-to-back singles, with an error on Robeson's base hit putting runners on second and third. Consecutive sacrifice flies by David Burnside and Logan Cody brought home the base runners to give Rose-Hulman a 2-0 lead.
  • The Engineers tacked on an insurance run in the sixth. Robeson opened the frame with a double down the left-field line, and Burnside belted a shot down the right-field line that hopped the fence for a ground-rule double, allowing Robeson to cross.
  • Earlham's best chance to get on the scoreboard came in the bottom of the seventh when the Quakers loaded up the bases on a Cameron McCabe hit-by-pitch, Cameron Wissel's base hit into left field, and a one-out walk drawn by Zach Swearingen. Gendreau grounded back to the Rose-Hulman pitcher, and the Engineers executed the 1-2-3 double play to escape the inning with no damage.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Earlham was held to five hits, led by Brian Pincura with two hits. The Quakers stranded eight runners on base, while the Fightin' Engineers left five base-runners aboard.
  • Starter Joey Gerbus was tagged with the loss after his seven innings of work, allowing all three earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts. Reliever Jordan Christian came on to start the eighth inning, and struck out two of the eight batters he faced.

GAME 2 - HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Starter Colin Greve was perfect through four innings but yielded a walk and a single to open the fifth inning. Brian Pershing then crushed a triple into the gap in right-center scoring both runners, and Greve was lifted in favor of reliever Domanick Michael. A walk and three straight bunts – including Harris Camp's bunt single to third base – allowed two more Rose-Hulman runs to score, giving the Engineers a 4-0 lead at midway through the fifth.
  • Rose-Hulman tacked on two more runs on three hits in the top of the ninth, extending its lead to 6-0.
  • Earlham got runners on second and third in the second and fifth innings but were unable to get any runs across. The Quakers finally broke through in the bottom of the ninth when pinch hitter Michael Medley drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on an Isaiah Shake single. Danny Dopp skyed a ball to second base, but it was dropped allowing Medley to score for Earlham's lone run of the series.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Earlham managed six hits in game two, with six players recording one hit apiece. The Quakers stranded 12 runners on base, including seven who were in scoring position.
  • Greve was charged with the loss, despite his outstanding performance over the first four innings. Michael, Kyle Gorman, and Nate Hemmerich finished out the final five innings for the Quakers.

NEXT UP:

Earlham continues its HCAC homestand on Saturday, April 13, when it hosts Defiance College. The doubleheader starts at 1:00 p.m.