Baseball edges Northwestern, falls to Western Conn. State

Isaiah Shake

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – For the second day in a row, Earlham College baseball split a midday doubleheader against a pair of non-region opponents, posting a 6-5 walk-off win over University of Northwestern (Minn.) before dropping an 11-1 decision to Western Connecticut State University in the day's second game.

Earlham advances its record to 14-2 overall, with one game remaining on the Quakers' spring break trip.

GAME 1

Isaiah Shake's two-out single into right field in the bottom of the ninth allowed Kendal Baker to score from third, lifting the Quakers to a 6-5 victory.

Baker opened the frame with a double to left-center, was sacrificed over to third, then had to watch as an infield pop-up gave Earlham two outs with Shake coming up to bat.

Earlham grabbed a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on four hits, including RBI singles by Addison Robertson and Andrew McFadden. Northwestern (2-7) responded with three runs in the top of the second, taking advantage of two Earlham errors and a bases loaded hit-by-pitch.

The Quakers regained the lead, 3-2, in the home half of the second, building on Corey Peters' leadoff walk with singles from Shake, Marc Gendreau, and Danny Dopp to manufacture runs.

Northwestern tacked on single runs in the third and seventh innings to tie things up at 5-5, setting the stage for Earlham's heroics in the ninth.

Shake, Gendreau, and Dopp each had two hits and one stolen base to pace the Quakers offensively.

Matt Mathies picked up the win in his two-inning relief stint, fanning three Northwestern batters against no walks while allowing just one hit.

GAME 2

Western Connecticut State pounded out 11 runs on 15 hits, while Colonials starter Erik Nicholson scattered three hits and struck out eight Quaker batters in the seven-inning game.

The Colonials posted five runs in the second inning and duplicated that in the third to take a 10-0 lead, and added a single run in the bottom of the sixth to extend their advantage to 11-0.

Earlham got on the board in the top of the seventh. Peters led things off by reaching on an error, and advanced to second on a ground out to first. Two batters later, Peters crossed on a two-out single off the bat of Gendreau, breaking WCSU's shutout bid.

Gendreau, Baker, and Dre Davis charted hits for Earlham. Starter Kyle Gorman lasted two-and-two-thirds innings, allowing 10 runs, five earned, on nine hits. Tyler Netzley, Austin Green, and Zach Brake all saw time on the mound for the Quakers.

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