TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Home runs by Addison Robertson and Danny Dopp helped propel Earlham College baseball to a 14-4 win over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, in the first game of the teams' Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader at the Engineers' Art Nehf Field.
The Quakers could not carry that momentum into the second game of the twinbill, however, and dropped a 18-2 decision to the Engineers.
Earlham is 16-6 overall after Thursday's doubleheader, with a 2-2 mark in the HCAC. Rose-Hulman moved its record to 6-14 overall, 1-2 HCAC.
Earlham jumped out to a quick lead with five runs in the top of the first inning, including a two-run home run to left field by Addison Robertson. The Quakers pounded out four more hits in the frame, including a two-run single to center off the bat of Kendal Baker.
The Quakers tacked on three runs in the second to extend their lead to 8-2. Isaiah Shake keyed the inning with a two-run double into the gap in right-center.
Earlham put up another five-spot in the fifth inning, taking a commanding 13-4 lead in the contest. Danny Dopp belted a two-out, two-run blast to left field to plate the final two runs of the inning, following RBI singles from Brian Pincura and Robertson, and Baker's double to left-center that brought home Dre Davis.
Robertson, Shake, and Davis each finished the game with three hits, while Baker charted four RBI on his 2-for-4 effort at the plate. Robertson also had three runs batted in.
David Burnside paced Rose-Hulman with three hits. Starter Chuck Alexa took the loss for the Engineers, after yielding 10 runs, all earned, on 11 hits.
Walter Talcott fanned seven Engineer batters over his six innings on the mound to pick up the win, and improve his record to 4-0.
Game two was the opposite of game one for the Quakers, who fell behind the Engineers early and were unable to fight their way back into the ball game.
Rose-Hulman posted three runs in the first inning on three hits and two Earlham errors, and then tacked on six runs in the second largely off two-run doubles from Logan Cody and Sean Casey.
After two more Engineer runs in the fourth to push the Rose-Hulman lead to 11-0, Earlham got on the scoreboard with pair of runs in the fifth. Davis and Andrew McFadden reached on back-to-back walks, then crossed on a Pincura single.
The Engineers added to their lead with a four-run fifth and three runs in the sixth.
Starter Kyle Gorman was charged with the loss for the Quakers, after allowing eight runs, six earned, on seven hits in one-and-a-third innings on the mound.
Earlham is back at home on Saturday, April 7, when it hosts Hanover College in an HCAC doubleheader at Sadler Stadium. Game one of the doubleheader is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m.
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