Baseball's home winning streak ends with loss to Heidelberg

Danny Dopp

RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College baseball saw a 23-game home winning streak dating back to last season come to an end with a 6-5 loss to Heidelberg University, Thursday evening at Sadler Stadium.

Trailing 4-0 after two innings, the Quakers (14-4) posted four runs in the third inning keyed by a two-run single by Danny Dopp. Marc Gendreau and Isaiah Shake drove in runs on base hits earlier in the frame, and Earlham was tied with Heidelberg, 4-4, after three complete.

Heidleberg (10-3) plated the go-ahead run in the fourth on an Evan Long double to score Joey Rydzewski, and Matt Psychas extended the Student Princes' lead to 6-4 in the fifth with a solo home run.

Dopp singled home Gendreau with one out in the fifth, cutting the Heidelberg lead to 6-5.

The Quakers loaded up the bases with two outs in the sixth inning, but Heidelberg reliever Alex Sir Louis recorded the strikeout on Shake to get the Student Princes out of the jam. Earlham was able to get runners aboard in the eighth and ninth innings, but the Quakers were unable to find the game-tying run.

Dopp finished the day 3-for-5 at the plate with three runs batted in, while Addison Robertson charted a pair of hits. Starter Matt Radtka lasted three inning and allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits with one walk and one strikeout in the loss.

Psychas finished the game 3-for-3 for Heidelberg, while Long and Darrin Shirk each had a pair of hits.

The home loss was Earlham's first since a 5-4 defeat at the hands of Franklin College on April 1, 2017, in the second game of a doubleheader.

Earlham will attempt to begin a new home winning streak when it returns to action on Wednesday, March 28, to host Grace University at Sadler Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

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