Baseball completes three-game sweep over Wilmington

Isaiah Shake and Asst Coach Brandon Pennington

SCORE: G1-Earlham 9, Wilmington (Ohio) 1. G2-Earlham 16, Wilmington (Ohio) 6
LOCATION: Richmond, Ind. (Sadler Stadium)
RECORDS: Earlham 3-2, Wilmington (Ohio) 1-5

THE SHORT STORY: Earlham College baseball relied on a 15-strikeout performance from senior righthander Walter Talcott in game one and pounded out 16 runs on 19 hits in game two to complete a doubleheader and series sweep over Wilmington College (Ohio), 9-1 and 16-2, at Sadler Stadium

GAME 1 - HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Talcott retired Wilmington in order in the first and second innings, and struck out the side in the third, while scattering five hits over seven complete innings of work.
  • Earlham plated a single run in the first inning when Isaiah Shake crossed on Danny Dopp's one-out grounder to third.
  • The Quakers scored what proved to be the go-ahead runs in the third inning. Shake, Addison Robertson, and Austin Hatfield all reached on walks, and Brian Pincura plated all three with a triple.
  • Wilmington got one run back on Luke Kleindl's RBI double in the fourth to score Gavin Perkin.
  • The Indiana Quakers effectively put the game out of reach with a four-run outburst in the sixth inning, keyed by Robby Shondel's two-run single.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Talcott's 15 strikeouts was one shy of his career-high mark of 16 Ks, recorded last season against Bluffton University (3/30).
  • Shake and Pincura each went 2-for-3 at the plate. Shake scored two runs and had one run batted in, while Pincura crossed once and drove in three RBI.
  • Earlham recorded eight stolen bases off Wilmington, with Shake leading the way with three SBs.
  • Perkin paced Wilmington with a 3-for-4 hitting effort.

GAME 2 - HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Earlham batters touched Wilmington pitchers for three runs on four hits, a walk, and a pair of double-steals in the first inning alone, taking an early 3-0 lead and setting the tone for game three of the series.
  • With the score 4-1, Earlham tacked on two runs in the fourth on Addison Robertson's two-run double. Wilmington got one of those runs back in the top of the fifth, briefly cutting the margin to 6-2. A three-run fifth inning, keyed by Cameron McCabe's two-run triple, gave Earlham a 9-2 lead, but Wilmington responded with three runs of its own in the top of the sixth to make the score 9-5 in Earlham's favor.
  • Wilmington tightened the score to 9-6 with a single run in the seventh, before Earlham plated a pair of runs in the seventh on Jackson Mitchell's two-out single.
  • Earlham put the game out of reach with five more runs in the eighth. Andrew McFadden doubled home one run, while McCabe stroked a base hit that plated two runs.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Earlham recorded 12 stolen bases in Saturday's second game against Wilmington – most for the Quakers since Steve Sakosits took the helm of the program prior to the 2011 season. Addison Robertson recorded three stolen bases, while Danny Dopp, Brian Pincura, and Jackson Mitchell charted two apiece. Three other players had one SB in game two.
  • Starter Jordan Christian allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits, but got the run support he needed over his six innings on the mound to pick up the win. Joey Gerbus came on in relief of Christian at the start of the seventh inning, and Spencer Owen closed out the ninth with three strikeouts.
  • Addison Robertson went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three runs batted in and Cameron McCabe went 3-for-5 with four RBI.
  • Wilmington was led by Aaron Burns' 3-for-4 hitting performance with two RBI.

NEXT UP:

Earlham hosts Kalamazoo College for a three-game series starting next Saturday, March 9, at Sadler Stadium, with a doubleheader starting at 12:00 p.m.