DEFIANCE, Ohio – Earlham College sophomore Danny Dopp belted three home runs and accounted for seven runs batted in over both halves of a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader at Defiance College, leading the Quakers to a sweep over the Yellow Jackets, 8-7 and 11-7, on Friday afternoon at Rutter Field.
The two victories extended Earlham's winning streak to six straight games, and improved the Quakers' record to 22-6.
Dopp's first home run of the day was a two-run blast to left field in the first inning, plating Marc Gendreau and giving the Quakers an early 2-0 lead.
After the Defiance (7-15, 1-7 HCAC) knotted the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth, Earlham responded with a five-run fifth inning keyed by Addison Robertson's two-run belt to left field. Later in the frame, Dre Davis singled home two runs, and the Quakers finished the top half of the fifth with a 7-2 advantage.
The Yellow Jackets got one of those runs back in the bottom of the fifth on a Troy Konwins RBI single, cutting the Quaker lead to 7-3.
Earlham scored was proved to be the game-winning run in the sixth on Dopp's solo shot that cleared the left-center field fence, extending the lead to 8-3.
A ninth-inning Defiance rally fell short of the mark, with Quaker reliever Matt Mathies striking out Lucas Thomei with runners on first and second to close out the win.
Quaker starter Walter Talcott struck out five Yellow Jacket batters over seven innings to earn the win, and improve his record to 5-0.
Dopp finished the game 4-for-5 at the plate with three runs and three RBI, while Davis went 3-for-4 with two RBI.
The Quakers took another early lead in the second inning, manufacturing three runs on three hits and a Defiance error. Defiance chipped away at the Earlham lead with single runs in the second and third inning – including a Glen Collier solo home run in the third that cut the Quaker lead to 3-2 – before a Gendreau RBI single to right-center put Earlham back in front by two runs, 4-2.
A seven-run uprising by Earlham in the fifth inning, keyed by Danny Dopp's grand slam home run, gave the Quakers a commanding 11-2 lead. Gendreau plated two Earlham runs earlier in the frame.
Defiance mounted a late challenge with four runs in the sixth on three hits and four Earlham errors, and tacked on a single run in the eighth that still left the Yellow Jackets short of catching the Quakers.
Earlham's Joey Gerbus went five innings in the start and recorded four strikeouts in the win. Gendreau finished the game 3-for-4 with three runs batted in, while Dopp charted four RBI on his 2-for-5 effort at the plate in game two. Brian Pincura also had three hits with two runs scored and two RBI in the win.
The Quakers will have three days to rest and prepare for their next HCAC doubleheader on Tuesday, April 17, when they welcome Mount St. Joseph to Sadler Stadium. First pitch in the twinbill is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
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