Posted: Mar 11, 2014
The Quakers swept Robert Morris-Springfield on Tuesday by scores of 12-2 and 3-2 to end a successful five-game homestand at Randal R. Sadler Stadium, while extending their winning streak to eight contests.
Earlham (8-2) lost its first two games at the University of the South before taking the final affair of that series. The Quakers followed the win in Sewanee with victories over Spalding University and Penn State University-Behrend.
Three wins over Kalamazoo College last weekend made it six straight and as of Tuesday, the current edition of Quakers own the school's longest NCAA winning streak.
After falling behind 1-0 in the opener on Tuesday, Earlham answered in the bottom of the first with a lot of help from three errors from Robert Morris-Springfield (3-8) as the Quakers scored a pair of unearned runs.
The Quakers added to their advantage in the second inning with four more runs. Thomas Rea knocked in a run with a triple and he later scored on a balk.
Devin Spurgon slammed a two-run homer to cap the rally and it was 6-2.
A run in the top of the third by Robert Morris-Springfield cut the deficit, but Ryan McCray got the run back with a sacrifice fly in Earlham's half of the frame and it was 7-2.
Rea, who led the Quakers with two hits, and Ethan Bailey created problems on the base paths for Robert Morris-Springfield in the fourth inning. Rea had two stolen bases and Bailey had one steal as both eventually scored on errors to make it 9-2.
In the fifth, Earlham widened the gap to 11-2 on a RBI groundout by Ira Hughes and a run-scoring single by Bailey.
The final run for the Quakers came in the sixth on an error with the bases loaded as the game was called due to the 10-run rule.
Colton Miller (1-0) worked five innings in his first start of the season to get the win. He gave up two runs on five hits with a pair of strikeouts. T.J. Ilhardt tossed a perfect sixth with two strikeouts.
Game two was a much closer affair with all of the scoring coming early in the contest.
David May gave the Quakers a 1-0 lead with a RBI single in the second inning.
Robert Morris-Springfield scored twice in the top of the third to grab a 2-1 lead.
A bases loaded walk to Eric Elkus tied the contest at 2-2 in the third inning. One batter later, Spurgon put the Quakers on top 3-2 as he picked up what turned out to be the decisive RBI on a fielder's choice.
Nate Lynch, Ted Williams and May led the Quakers with two hits each.
Howie Smith (1-0) earned the victory in his first collegiate start for the Quakers as he worked five innings. He gave up two runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout.
Ilhardt gave up a hit in the sixth, but didn't allow another batter to reach base.
Garrett York pitched perfect seventh and eighth frames with four whiffs.
T.J. Plummer surrendered a walk in the ninth, but ended the afternoon with a strikeout to earn his second save of the season. He now has an Earlham career record nine saves.
The Quakers are now headed to Virginia Wesleyan University on Sunday for a spring break doubleheader starting at noon.
Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score