Earlham baseball falls to Immaculata, 4-1

Danny Dopp

SCORE: Immaculata 4, Earlham 1
LOCATION: Fort Pierce, Fla. (Gladwin Complex)
RECORDS: Earlham 6-4, Immaculata 4-3

THE SHORT STORY: Earlham College squandered its scoring opportunities in the late innings and dropped a 4-1 decision to Immaculata University, in Wednesday's second game of the Quakers' four-game Florida spring break trip. The Quakers got a quality relief outing from Spencer Owen, but Earlham was unable to drive in runners in scoring position and finished the day with 11 runners left on base.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Immaculata put two runs across in the second inning on Corey Pezak's one-out double to left-center, plating a pair of Mighty Mac runners who reached on singles. The Mighty Macs extended their lead to 3-0 in the top of the third when starter Nate Hemmerich issued a bases loaded walk to Cameron Delisle, forcing in another Immaculata run.
  • Earlham got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third. Isaiah Shake got aboard on a single to left-center, went to third on a throwing error by the pitcher, and scored on Cameron McCabe's RBI single through the left side.
  • The Mighty Macs extended their lead to 4-1 in the fifth inning, after Tyler Kmiec reached on a leadoff double down the right-field line. He advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Tom Prato's sacrifice fly to left field.
  • The Quakers had the bases loaded with one out in both the eighth and ninth innings, but were unable to plate any additional runs. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Starter Nate Hemmerich took the loss after allowing three runs, all earned, on five hits and a walk over his two-and-a-third innings of work. Spencer Owen came on in the third inning and lasted through the end of Immaculata seventh; he scattered two hits, allowed one run, and fanned seven Mighty Mac batters. Colin Greve finished out the game with a two-inning relief appearance.
  • Danny Dopp went 2-for-5 against Immaculata, including his third double of the season, for his first multi-hit game since the season-opener against Wittenberg. Six other players had one hit apiece for the Quakers, including Brian Pincura whose six-game hitting streak was snapped on Tuesday against Kenyon.
  • For Immaculata, Tyler Kmiec and Corey Pezak each had a pair of hits, with Pezak also recording a pair of RBIs.

NEXT UP:

Earlham will have the early start as it faces Washington College (Md.) out of the Centennial Conference on Thursday, March 14, at 10:00 a.m.