Baseball takes twinbill sweep off Wittenberg to open 2018 season

Earlham baseball celebrates a run during Sunday's games versus Wittenberg.

RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College baseball opened its 2018 campaign with a pair of wins, knocking off Wittenberg University in both ends Sunday's doubleheader at Sadler Stadium.

The Quakers posted an 11-7 win over the Tigers in Saturday's first game, and finished off the twinbill with a 12-2 triumph over Witt.

GAME 1

A pair of Quaker runs in the fifth inning gave Earlham a lead it would not relinquish, thanks to RBI singles by Andrew McFadden and Dre Davis. The Tigers scratched one run back in the top of the sixth, but the Quakers put up two more in the bottom of the sixth on Addison Robertson's two-run single to take an 8-5 lead.

Witt plated two runs in the seventh on a Jack Hollinshead home run, cutting the Earlham lead to 8-7.

The Quakers quashed the Tigers' comeback effort with a three-run eighth inning. Ian Bach drove in a pair of runs with a two-out double, and Davis singled home McFadden to round out the scoring.

Earlham reliever Spencer Owen came on in the ninth inning and yielded a double and walk before getting the Quakers out of the frame with the win.

Davis finished the game 4-for-5 with three RBI, while Isaiah Shake and Robertson each went 3-for-4.

Colin Greve fanned three batters over his 4.2 innings of work.

GAME 2

Danny Dopp's three-run blast to left-center field in the third inning gave Earlham an early 4-1 advantage. The Quakers padded that lead with a five-run fifth inning on five hits and three errors, including a two-run single by Bach, that extended the Maroon and White lead to 9-1.

Bach drove in two runs in the sixth with a double high off the fence in left field to push the Earlham lead to 11-1, and the two teams traded single runs in the seventh to push the score to 12-2 in the Quakers' favor.

Righthander Walter Talcott fanned six Wittenberg batters over seven complete innings of work on his way to the win.

Jack Siefert had a pair of hits for the Tigers in game two. Starter Rusty Hayhurst took the loss after allowing six runs, all earned, on seven hits and three walks.

Earlham and Wittenberg will complete the four-game non-conference series with a doubleheader on Monday starting at 6:00 p.m. at Sadler Stadium.

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