#Top15Countdown No. 2 - Baseball Wins HCAC Regular Season Title

#Top15Countdown No. 2 - Baseball Wins HCAC Regular Season Title

RICHMOND, Indiana - The Earlham College baseball team clinched its first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) regular season title in program history with a win over Hanover College on May 6.

"I'm at a loss for words right now," head coach Steve Sakosits said. "It's been a goal of ours to win the HCAC ever since I arrived at Earlham."

Earlham opened the scoring in the bottom of the third inning when senior Eric Elkus launched a solo home run over the right field wall. Two innings later, Elkus went yard again, lifting a two-run blast to left field and giving the Quakers a 3-0 lead.

After the Panthers failed to score in the top of the sixth, Earlham put together three runs on four hits in the bottom of the sixth to take a 6-0 advantage. Hanover did get runners to second and third with one out in the eighth, but senior pitcher Howie Smith got out of the jam with a strikeout and a groundout.

Smith improved to 8-3 with the win, pitching his fourth consecutive complete game. The Hamilton, Ohio, native tallied five strikeouts and walked no one while scattering eight hits.
Tanner Simpson took the loss for the Panthers allowing six earned runs in six innings pitched.
Earlham had 13 hits as a team including the two home runs from Elkus. Senior Nate Lynch also had two hits, and his single in the bottom of the sixth broke a tie from Jake Carr (2007-10) for the most hits in program history. Lynch, who already holds program records for career runs and stolen bases, is now the all-time hits king with 182 base hits.

Sophomore Addison Robertson along with freshmen Isaiah Shake and Danny Dopp all also recorded two hits.

"We've wanted to host the conference tournament at Earlham, and now we will get to do that," said Sakosits. "We've got more work to do, but the conference tournament is going to be at Sadler Stadium, and that's pretty cool."

The conference title win marked the first time the Quakers' baseball program has won a conference championship since winning the Collegiate Athletic Conference in 1989.


No. 1  -  July 27
No. 2  - Baseball Clinches HCAC Regular Season Title
No. 3  - Johnson Story Apperas on ESPN's College GameDay
No. 4  - Stadnyk Wins Third Consecutive HCAC MVP
No. 5  - Baseball Opens Mideast Regional Play With Win Over Wooster
No. 6  - Field Hockey Has Top Five GPA For Second Straight Year
No. 7  - Baseball Sweeps HCAC Postseason Awards
No. 8  - Baseball Garners Postseason Awards From ABCA/D3Baseball.com
No. 9  - Women's Cross Country Boasts Top Three GPA Nationally
No. 10  - Franklin Joins 1,000-Point Club
No. 11  - Burton Garners First Team All-HCAC Honors
No. 12  - Hedinger Enters Record Book For Single Season Digs
No. 13  - McFarland Breaks Triples Record
No. 14  - Field Hockey Bests Kenyon
No. 15  - Christian Breaks Punting Record
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