Baseball upends Alma in return to Sadler Stadium

Joey Gerbus

SCORE: Earlham 5, Alma 3
LOCATION: Richmond, Ind. (Sadler Stadium)
RECORDS: Earlham 7-6, Alma 4-8

THE SHORT STORY: Two-run hits by Zach Swearingen and Danny Dopp were part of the Earlham College baseball team's 10-hit barrage as the Quakers downed visiting Alma College, 5-3, on Tuesday evening at Sadler Stadium.  

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Danny Dopp's sacrifice fly to right field plated Isaiah Shake in the Earlham first, giving the Quakers an early 1-0 lead.
  • Earlham extended its lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the second, when Zach Swearingen singled into center field plating Robby Shondel and Andrew Bradley. Shondel got aboard earlier in the frame on a walk, while Bradley reached on a double to right.
  • The Quakers went up 5-0 in the fifth inning, with Dopp keying the frame with a two-run triple that drove in Cameron McCabe and Swearingen.
  • Alma finally got on the scoreboard with a two-run seventh, thanks to an RBI double by Joshua Robinson and a one-run single from Logan Huff. The Scots tacked on a single run in the eighth when Max Trucks doubled into right field scoring Jordan Antandig.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Earlham's 10-hit day was its first double-digit hit tally since raking Wilmington College (Ohio) pitchers for 19 hits seven games ago back on March 2.
  • Zach Swearingen finished the day 3-for-4 at the plate, his first multi-hit game as a collegian, with a run scored and two RBI. Danny Dopp was 2-for-3 with three runs batted in, charting his second three-RBI game of the season.
  • Earlham batters did not commit a single strikeout on Tuesday against Alma. The last time that happened was on February 25, 2018 – the 2018 season opener – in a 12-2 win over Wittenberg.
  • Joey Gerbus got the start, scattering five hits and allowing just two earned runs while fanning six Alma batters on his way to the win. He retired the side in order in the first, third, fifth, and sixth innings, and allowed just two runners to advance past first base over his first six innings of work. Jordan Christian pitched the eighth inning, and Walter Talcott came on in the ninth and struck out two of the four batters he faced to earn the save.
  • Max Trucks and Logan Huff each recorded two hits for Alma.

NEXT UP:

Earlham continues its home stand on Wednesday, March 19, when it hosts Olivet College in another non-conference matchup. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.