EC BASEBALL SEASON ENDS SATURDAY
May 3, 2014Earlham College Broadcast Sports
ANDERSON, Ind. — The most successful Earlham College baseball season in the NCAA era
came to an end on Saturday with a pair of losses at Anderson University.
The Ravens won the first game 4-3 before taking the second 5-2.
The Quakers finish the season at 21-18 with a 12-13 record in the Heartland
Collegiate Athletic Conference. The 21 wins are the most in the NCAA era for the
Quakers and equals Earlham's 1969 team (21-10) with the third most victories in
Nine Earlham seniors were also in uniform for the final time as the Quakers said
good-bye to Alex Arovits, Ryan Hayes, T. J. Ilhardt, Zach Lee, Ryan McCray, Colton
Miller, T. J. Plummer, Adam Warning and Ted Williams.
In the opener, Anderson (25-13, 17-8) picked up a pair of runs in the first to take
an early lead. The Quakers answered with a run in the second on a RBI double by Cody
The Ravens added a run in the second to make it 3-1 before the Quakers responded in
the third. Thomas Rea tripled and McCray followed with a sacrifice fly to make it
After Williams singled with one out in Earlham's sixth, Eric Elkus tied the game at
3-3 with a run-scoring double.
Anderson scored the game-winning run in the eighth off Earlham starter Matt Brankle
(2-5), left the contest with one out in the frame. Plummer, who is Earlham's
all-time leader in saves with 13, came in to finish the contest.
Rea led the Quakers with a pair of hits.
The second game was scoreless until the Ravens got two runs in the third inning
against Earlham starter Zach Lee.
Williams cut the deficit in half with his fifth home run of the season to left
field. It was the 15th of his career, which puts him third on Earlham's all-time
list behind Hayes (25) and Bobby Ebright (17). It also gave Williams his Earlham
all-time record 112th RBI.
Lee (6-2) gave up his last run in the sixth as the Ravens led 3-1. Lee worked six
frames giving up three runs on five hits with five strikeouts. Warning tossed a
scoreless seventh, while Miller surrendered a pair of runs in the eighth.
As with the first contest, Rea led the Quakers with two more hits. Rea ended the
spring with 62 hits, which puts him in second place on Earlham's single season
record list behind Sam Ward's 68 from last year.