QUAKERS SWEEP ROSE HULMAN
April 19, 2014Earlham College Broadcast Sports
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Back-to-back Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference series
The Earlham College baseball team followed last weekend's sweep of Hanover College
with another one this weekend at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
On Saturday, Earlham took a twinbill from the Engineers 2-1 and 3-1 to giving the
Quakers seven straight wins.
Earlham is now 18-13 overall this spring and 10-8 in the HCAC. The Quakers are now
tied with Franklin College (19-13, 10-8) for fourth place in the conference
standings, which is the final spot in the post-season tournament. Rose-Hulman is
17-12 and 11-7.
After all of the runs in the opener were scored in the first inning, Matt Brankle
(2-3) tossed a complete game surrendering one run on four hits with nine strikeouts
to earn the victory.
The Quakers scored a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Ryan McCray
knocked in the first run and Ted Williams made it 2-0 with a RBI ground out.
Rose-Hulman picked up a run in the bottom half of the frame to cut the deficit in
Nate Lynch led the Quakers with two hits.
In the second game, Earlham starter Zach Lee picked up where Brankle left off. Lee
(5-1) went the distance and gave up a run on seven hits with three strikeouts.
Rose-Hulman grabbed an early advantage with a run in the third inning, but the
Quakers were able to respond.
With one out in the fifth inning, Lynch started what proved to be the game-winning
rally with a single. Lynch stole second and then Thomas Rea singled.
McCray tied the game with a single and Williams put the Quakers on top 2-1 with a
RBI single. Earlham's last run came on a balk that allowed McCray to score.
Williams led the Quakers with two hits.
The Quakers are back in action on Tuesday at home against Bluffton University. The
HCAC affair in Randal R. Sadler Stadium at 4 p.m.
With 18 victories, the Quakers have the most wins since Earlham's 1971 squad posted
24. The win total is also the fourth highest in school history. From 1969 to 1971,
the Quakers were 21-10, 26-7 and 24-12-1.