FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Earlham College baseball touched Kenyon College pitchers for 11 hits, but dropped a 4-2 decision to the Lords on Friday to wrap up the Quakers' annual spring break trip to Florida.
Kenyon broke a 1-1 tie with a pair of runs in the sixth inning, driving in one run on a Matt Contreras double and scoring the second run on a double steal that allowed Contreras to cross.
The Lords extended that advantage to 4-1 in the seventh when Matt von Roemer plated Paul Siciliano with a two-out triple to left field.
Earlham got that run back in the bottom of the frame. Back-to-back-to-back two-out singles by Marc Gendreau, Isaiah Shake, and Addison Robertson allowed Gendreau to cross, cutting the Kenyon lead to 4-2.
The Quakers had runners aboard in both the eighth and ninth innings, but were unable to get the game-tying runs across. Earlham stranded 11 base runners over the course of the course, one shy of the Quakers' season high.
Gendreau finished the game 3-for-5 at the plate, while Robertson and Dre Davis each had a pair of hits. Starter Matt Mathies fanned six Kenyon batters over his 4.1 innings of work on the mound, scattering four hits. Reliever Colin Greve was tagged with the loss after yielding three earned runs on five hits over 2.1 innings.
Von Roemer had a pair of hits for Kenyon, while seven other players had one each apiece.
Earlham finished its spring break trip with a 3-3 record, and fell to 14-3 overall with the loss.
Earlham returns to action on Tuesday, March 20, when it travels to Tiffin, Ohio, to face Heidelberg University. Start time for the game is 4:00 p.m.
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