TERRE HAUTE, Indiana – The Earlham College baseball team split a doubleheader with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Friday evening, winning game on 7-6 and falling 8-7 in game two on the opening night of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play for both teams.
In the game one victory, the Quakers scored two runs in the first inning on a sacrifice fly from senior Brennan Laird and an RBI-single from freshman Danny Dopp. The Fightin' Engineers got a run back in the bottom of the second, but Dopp responded with another RBI in the top of the third, a double scoring senior Eric Elkus.
Trailing 4-2, Rose-Hulman scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game.
Earlham plated the go-ahead run on an RBI-groundout in the sixth, and used a triple from senior Nate Lynch and another sacrifice fly from Laird to score two more runs in the seventh and take a 7-4 advantage.
Rose-Hulman's David Burnside hit a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Quakers shutdown the Engineers' offense in the eighth. Leading 7-5 going into the final inning, junior Matt Mathies got out of a two-on, no-out jam to record his first save of the season.
Senior Howie Smith improved to 3-1 on the season despite allowing 15 hits to go along with four earned runs. The Talwanda, Ohio, native fanned seven batters. Cody Sunderhaus took the loss for the Engineers, allowing six earned runs on six hits in six innings of work.
Dopp was the lone Quaker to finish with three hits, going 3-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Elkus and senior Cody Krumlauf both had two hits.
In the game two loss, Dopp continued his hot hitting with a two-run single in the first inning. After a Rose-Hulman run in the bottom of the first cut the Quakers' lead to one run, Dopp and Krumlauf tallied RBI-hits in the third to give Earlham a 4-1 lead.
The Engineers scored a single run in the bottom of the third, but yet another RBI-hit from Dopp, a double in the fifth, gave the Quakers a 5-2 edge.
Rose-Hulman stormed back with five runs on five hits including a three-run home run from Brian Thomas in the seventh. Trailing 7-5, the Quakers battled back to tie the game 7-7 in the eighth, but the Engineers scored what proved to be the game-winning run in the bottom of the frame.
Freshman Colin Greve started the game for Earlham, and allowed four earned runs on 11 hits in 6.1 innings pitched. Junior Dorian Holmes took the loss, walking three batters in two-thirds of an inning pitched.
Dopp finished game two 3-5 with four RBIs while Laird added a 3-4 performance with a stolen base. Lynch tallied two hits and swiped two bags.
Zach Trusk and David Burnside each finished with three hits to lead the Rose-Hulman offense.
Earlham stands at 6-5 overall and 1-1 in HCAC play after the loss in game two snapped a five-game winning streak for the Quakers. The two teams will play game three of the series at noon on Saturday.