Baseball takes split out of Manchester twinbill

Joey Gerbus

SCORE: G1- Manchester 5, Earlham 2 / G2- Earlham 3, Manchester 0
LOCATION: North Manchester, Ind. (Gratz Field)
RECORDS: Earlham 16-21, 8-10 HCAC / Manchester 14-23, 8-9 HCAC

THE SHORT STORY: Earlham College baseball received a seven-strikeout, four-hit, complete game performance from sophomore righthander Joey Gerbus on its way to a 3-0 game two victory over Manchester University, to salvage a split out of the teams' Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader at Gratz Field in North Manchester, Ind. The Quakers opened the twinbill with a 5-2 loss to the Spartans in game one.

GAME 1 - HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Manchester plated three runs in the bottom of the first inning on three singles and an Earlham error at short. The Spartans extended their lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth when Joe Henschel singled home a pair of runs with a shot up the middle.
  • Earlham cut the Manchester lead to 5-2 in the top of the eighth. Austin Hatfield got aboard with a two-out single up the middle, and immediately scored on Isaiah Shake's triple into center field. Shake crossed when the next batter, Cameron McCabe, had a base hit into left field.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Starter Walter Talcott recorded 10 strikeouts in the complete game loss, marking his third 10+ strikeout performance of the season. The game was also the ninth complete game performance of his career. His 10 strikeouts versus Manchester gives him 253 for his career, setting a new Earlham career strikeouts record. He eclipsed the previous mark of 246 held by Matt Brankle (2012-15).
  • Austin Hatfield and Cameron McCabe each had two hits. Shake's triple in the eighth inning was Earlham's lone extra-base hit of the game.  
  • Manchester finished the game with 10 hits, led by Braxton Riley with two hits including a double.

GAME 2 - HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Starter Joey Gerbus fanned seven Manchester batters while issuing just one walk and held the Spartans to four hits on his way to a complete game victory. Gerbus retired the Spartans in order in three of the first four innings, and only once allowed a runner to advance past second base.
  • Earlham plated its first run in the fourth inning, when Danny Dopp reached on a leadoff double to left-center, eventually scoring on McCabe's grounder to short later in the frame. The Quakers went up 2-0 in the fifth when Marc Gendreau doubled home Addison Robertson with a shot to right field. Robertson got aboard on double earlier in the inning.
  • Shake belted his first career home run in the eighth inning, extending Earlham's lead to 3-0.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Earlham finished the game with seven hits, led by Robertson and Shake with two hits each.  
  • Three different players recorded singles for Manchester, while Nick Rush stroked a double for the Spartans.

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Earlham baseball finished its 2019 regular season with a 16-21 overall record. The Quakers posted an 8-10 mark in the HCAC, and are currently seventh in the standings with four HCAC teams still completing their regular season conference schedules on Sunday, May 5.