FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Earlham College baseball fell from the ranks of the unbeaten when it split a pair of games on Wednesday during the team's annual spring break trip to Florida.
The Quakers fell to Albright College, 5-3, to begin the day, before rebounding to post a 6-0 win over the University of Scranton.
After the Quakers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a Danny Dopp RBI single to score Marc Gendreau, Albright rallied to score five runs over the next three innings and take a lead they held the rest of the way.
The Lions plated two runs in the second on a double and two errors, and took advantage of Logan Pennypacker's leadoff triple in the third to stretch their lead to 3-1.
Albright's Evan Cardinal singled home a pair of runs in the fourth, giving the Lions a 5-1 advantage.
Earlham closed the gap with a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth keyed by Dorian Holmes' pinch hit double, but the Quakers were unable to overcome the Lions' lead.
Quaker starter Jordan Christian lasted three-and-a-third innings and was tagged with the loss, while Albright starter Kyle Smith fanned seven Earlham batters over six complete innings on his way to the win.
Earlham piled on six runs in the bottom of the third inning to account for all the scoring in the game, then held Scranton at bay the rest of the way for the win.
Earlham amassed four hits and benefited from one Scranton error in the third, with Dopp's two-run double providing the biggest charge for the Quakers. Isaiah Shake and Addison Robertson each charted RBI singles in the third inning to aid the Quaker cause.
Five Quaker pitchers combined for the shutout victory, with starter Matt Radtka fanning six Royal batters over six complete innings to earn the win.
Shake finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate with four other players each recording one hit.
Earlham's spring break trip continues on Thursday, March 15, when the Quakers face Northwestern College (Minn.) at 10:00 a.m. and Western Connecticut State at 2:00 p.m.
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