Quakers Fall to Bluffton

RICHMOND, Ind. — The Earlham College baseball team dropped a 12-3 decision to Bluffton University on Tuesday in Randal R. Sadler Stadium.

The Quakers are now 22-9 overall and 11-8 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Earlham is tied for fourth with Manchester University (18-11, 11-8).

Bluffton remains in the top spot in the HCAC at 20-13, 13-7. The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is second at 18-12, 12-7. Anderson University is third at 20-11, 12-8.

After the Beavers scored in the first inning, the Quakers answered in the bottom of the frame to take the lead.

Brennan Laird tied the game with a run-scoring triple, while Brandon Smalling followed with a RBI single and it was 2-1.

However, in the second inning the Beavers scored four runs and then added two more in the fourth.

Bluffton also scored two in the eighth and three in the ninth.

The final tally for the Quakers came in the eighth when Smalling knocked in Nate Lynch.
Lynch led the Quakers with four hits and two runs scored. Smalling added a pair of hits.

Matt Brankle (3-4) started on the mound for the Quakers and took the loss after working four innings.

Earlham is on the road this weekend at Defiance College. The HCAC series was changed from the original schedule to a Saturday and Sunday affair. On Saturday, the two teams play at doubleheader beginning at noon.

On Sunday, the series finale is also at noon.