RICHMOND, Indiana - The Earlham College baseball team completed a sweep of Hanover College on Sunday, winning game one 5-3 and game two 4-3 to finish the regular season 26-12 and 21-6 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play.
Earlham, which clinched the HCAC regular season title outright yesterday, will host the 2017 HCAC Baseball Tournament at Sadler Stadium next week.
In game one, junior Kendal Baker got the Quakers on the board with an RBI-groundout scoring freshman Isaiah Shake in the bottom of the third inning. After Hanover tied the game in the top of the fourth, senior Eric Elkus hit his third home run of the series, a solo shot, to put Earlham back on top in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Hanover tied the game 2-2 with an RBI-single in the top of the seventh, but Earlham quickly countered with RBI-singles from Baker and senior Nate Lynch to take a 4-2 advantage.
The Panthers got their first two runners on base in the eighth, and after a sacrifice bunt, Brooks Bailey delivered an RBI-single to get Hanvoer within a single run at 4-3. The Quakers got out of the jam, however, as sophomore pitcher Walter Talcott manufactured an inning-ending double play.
Earlham got an unearned insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, and freshman Spencer Owen earned his third collegiate save to seal the win.
The Quakers had nine hits as a team including two from both Elkus and Lynch. Baker went 1-4, but drove in two runs. The Panthers had 10 team hits with all of them being singles.
Freshman Colin Greve allowed just one earned run in six innings pitched as Earlham's starter, but Talcott got the win. Garett Zorb took the loss for Hanover, allowing four earned runs in 6.2 innings.
In game two, Hanover scored two runs in the fourth inning, and pitcher David Herrmann led the Earlham offense in check for five innings. The Quakers rallied in the sixth, however, as senior Brennan hit a sacrifice fly scoring Lynch. Elkus doubled home senior Matt Barger on the next at bat to tie the game, and after an error, senior Cody Krumlauf hit a go-ahead ground rule double.
Leading 3-2, Earlham doubled its lead in the eighth as Laird singled home Barger. Junior Matt Mathies nailed down his second save of the season in the ninth.
Freshman Kyle Gorman improved to 6-1 on the season, allowing two earned runs and striking out four in seven innings.
Barger led the Quakers in game two with a 4-4 performance and two runs scored while Tyler Cockerham added a 3-4 performance with two RBIs for Hanover.
Earlham finishes its regular season with a 26-12 overall record and 21-6 mark in HCAC play. The Quakers, who clinched their first HCAC regular season championship, will host the HCAC Tournament at Sadler Stadium next week.