Baseball sweeps HCAC series over Hanover, 12-3 and 3-0

Spencer Owen

SCORE: G1- Earlham 12, Hanover 3 / G2- Earlham 3, Hanover 0
LOCATION: Hanover, Ind. (KT Young Ballpark)
RECORDS: Earlham 9-12, 1-3 HCAC / Hanover 11-11, 2-2 HCAC

THE SHORT STORY: Earlham College baseball got back into the thick of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings with a doubleheader sweep over Hanover College, 12-3 and 3-0, on Saturday at KT Young Ballpark. The Quakers even their HCAC record at 3-3, 11-12 overall, with all six conference games taking place on the road. Earlham touched Hanover pitching for 24 hits over the two games, and got quality starts from Walter Talcott in game one and Spencer Owen in game two.

GAME 1 - HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Earlham created a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to break a deadlocked game and take a 5-3 lead. The Quakers forced in runs on Austin Hatfield's infield grounder that scored Isaiah Shake, and a Brian Pincura sac fly to right field that allowed Danny Dopp to score.
  • After a pair of scoreless innings, the Quakers exploded for five runs in the eighth. Shake plated two runs with a double to right-center field, and Hatfield doubled home three more runs and advanced to third on an error.
  • The Quakers tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth on RBI singles from Zach Swearingen and Marc Gendreau.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Gendreau, Shake, Hatfield, Pincura, Cameron Wissel, and Andrew McFadden each had a pair of hits, leading an Earlham squad that pounded out 15 hits off Hanover pitching. Gendreau has now reached base safely in each of the nine games he has started since returning from injury.
  • Dopp belted a two-out solo home run in the top of the first inning for the Quakers' second round-tripper of the season.
  • Starter Walter Talcott picked up the complete-game victory, recording the eighth CG of his career. He allowed three earned runs on eight hits and three walks, but fanned eight Hanover batters and held the Panthers to one hit or less in all but the second (two hits) and third (three hits) innings.

GAME 2 - HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Zach Swearingen plated all three Earlham runs in the contest. He singled home Wissel in the top of the fourth after Wissel reached on a hit-by-pitch, and advanced to third on McFadden's double to right-center. He drove in two more runs in the fifth with a double down the left-field line, scoring Pincura and Hatfield. Both runners got aboard with singles earlier in the frame.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Starter Spencer Owen scattered three hits over seven complete innings on the mound, striking out one Panther batter. He retired the side in the Hanover second, fourth, fifth, and seventh innings, and allowed a base runner past first base just twice.
  • Domanick Michael came on in the eighth in relief of Owen, and retired the side in the eighth and ninth with one strikeout to record the save.
  • Earlham hitters charted nine hits off the Panthers, with McFadden recording a single and a double and Swearingen finishing with a single, two doubles, and three RBI.

NEXT UP:

After six straight games on the road, Earlham baseball returns home for its next two HCAC series. The Quakers will host Rose-Hulman on Tuesday, April 9, for a doubleheader starting at 5:00 p.m., with Defiance visiting Sadler Stadium on Saturday, April 13, for a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader.