SCORE: G1- Earlham 9, Mount St. Joseph 0 / G2- Earlham 10, Mount St. Joseph 9
LOCATION: Oxford, Ohio (McKie Field at Hayden Stadium)
RECORDS: Earlham 15-14, 7-5 HCAC / Mount St. Joseph 9-16, 2-6 HCAC
THE SHORT STORY: Earlham College baseball posted its second-straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference sweep, and third of the season, with a pair of wins on Tuesday over Mount St. Joseph University. The Quakers took game one, 9-0, and completed the sweep with a 10-9 triumph in game two. Earlham touched MSJ pitching for 28 hits over the two games, including six doubles and three triples, while the Quaker pitchers charted 22 strikeouts against the Lions.
GAME 1 – HOW IT HAPPENED:
Earlham manufactured a run in the first inning on a Marc Gendreau walk, a Danny Dopp double, and an Austin Hatfield ground out that plated Gendreau.
The Quakers went up 5-0 in the top of the third with a four-run outburst. Isaiah Shake and Cameron Wissel each belted two-run singles to account for the Earlham runs.
RBI singles by Dopp, Andrew McFadden, and Cameron McCabe vaulted Earlham into an 8-0 lead, and the Quakers tacked on an insurance run in the ninth.
Earlham starter Joey Gerbus held Mount St. Joseph to three hits and did not allow a baserunner until the fourth inning. Gerbus struck out a career-high 11 batters in the win on his way to the complete-game victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Gerbus’ complete game win was the first of his career and improved his record to 3-1 on the season.
Eight different players combined for the 15 hits Earlham amassed against Mount St. Joseph, with the top five spots in the order accounting for 10 of those. Danny Dopp led the Quakers at the plate with a 3-for-4 ledger including a double, a walk, two runs, and an RBI. Marc Gendreau (2-for-5, 3 runs, 1 RBI) hit his first triple of the season.
Simon Schaefer was 2-for-3 at the plate for the Lions.
GAME 2 – HOW IT HAPPENED:
Mount St. Joseph jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the first and a four-run second inning, while Earlham countered with single runs in the top half of those two frames.
Earlham cut the lead to 7-5 with three more runs in the third on a Gendreau single, a triple from Dopp, a base hit by Hatfield, and a double off the bat of Isaiah Shake. The Quakers added a single run in the top of the sixth on another Dopp RBI triple, reducing the Lions’ lead to 7-6.
Each team scored two runs in the seventh to advance the score to 9-8 in Mount St. Joseph’s favor. The Quakers regained a 10-9 lead in the top of the eighth with two runs coming across on Gendreau’s leadoff single, a Lion fielding error, two walks, a double-play grounder, and a wild pitch.
Earlham held MSJ at bay in the eighth and ninth, allowing one baserunner in each inning but keeping each from advancing past first base.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The top half of the Earlham batting order accounted for the bulk of the Quakers’ scoring, led by Dopp’s 2-for-4 performance with two triples, two runs, and three RBI. Gendreau finished the game with a 3-for-3 performance at the plate. The top five spots in the order collected eight runs and 10 of the Quakers’ 13 hits.
Reliever Colin Greve came on for starter Kyle Gorman in the second inning and scattered three hits while allowing just one earned run and one walk while fanning seven MSJ batters to keep the Quakers in the ball game. Domanick Michael entered for the final out of the seventh inning and lasted one-and-a-third innings scoreless innings to pick up the win. Walter Talcott pitched the ninth and struck out two batters to earn the save.
Ryan Poli and Brandon Shelton each had two hits to lead Mount St. Joseph.
Earlham baseball returns home for its next HCAC series on Saturday, April 20, when the Quakers host Franklin College. Game one of the twinbill will start at 1:00 p.m.