SCORE: Earlham 4, Wilmington (Ohio) 2
LOCATION: Richmond, Ind. (Sadler Stadium)
RECORDS: Earlham 1-2, Wilmington (Ohio) 1-3
THE SHORT STORY: Earlham College junior Kyle Gorman fanned five Wilmington College batters and scattered six hits in a complete game victory over the Ohio Quakers.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Earlham plated two runs in the first inning thanks to a leadoff single off the bat of Isaiah Shake, followed by a two-out RBI single by Austin Hatfield and an RBI double by Brian Pincura later in the frame.
- The Maroon and White went up 3-0 in the third when Pincura reached on a base hit, and crossed on Cameron McCabe's single two batters later. With runners on first and third, the next two Quaker batter flied out to get Wilmington out of the inning.
- Earlham stretched its lead to 4-0 in the fourth. Shake got aboard with a leadoff single, stole second, advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt by the pitcher, and scored on a Hatfield base hit.
- Wilmington dashed Earlham's shutout hopes with a pair of runs in the top of the ninth. Shane Hale and Nick Silvis reached on singles, and Gage Bley doubled home both runners.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Austin Hatfield paced the Indiana Quakers at the plate, going 3-for-4 with one run and two runs batted in. Isaiah Shake and Brian Pincura each had two hits, with Pincura recording a double and Shake finishing with two stolen bases.
- The complete game effort was the third of Gorman's career. He allowed just two earned runs over the nine-inning effort, and did not issue any walks to Wilmington batters. Gorman retired the side in each of the first four innings, and held Wilmington to three-up, three-down in six out of the nine innings.
- Defensively, the Gorman-to-Pincura-to-Hatfield double play off Joe Legin's grounder in the third inning was Earlham's first twin-killing of the season.
- Nick Silvis had two hits to pace Wilmington College at the plate.
- Wilmington starter Jarrett Trautman was tagged with the loss, after yielding four runs, three earned, on nine hits with two walks. Trautman did strike out six Earlham batters, accounting for most of the eight strikeouts charted by Wilmington pitchers on the day. Thomas Hueber (2.2 IP) and Adam Doerger (0.1 IP) closed out the game in relief of Trautman.
Earlham will conclude the three-game series with Wilmington College on Saturday, March 2, with a doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m.