RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College scored 25 runs in two games to sweep the Wilmington College baseball team 9-1 and 16-6 in a doubleheader played at Randal R. Sadler Stadium Saturday.
Earlham defeated the Fightin’ Quakers in a single game Friday.
On Saturday, in game one, Earlham got a run in the first and extended its lead to 4-0 on a bases-clearing triple in the third. Wilmington scored its lone run in the top of the fourth on an run-scoring double from Luke Kleindl. The visitors could not solve starter Walter Talcott, however, as he allowed one run in eight innings with 16 strikeouts to earn the win.
Lance Fleischman, the reigning OAC Pitcher of the Week, took the loss allowing eight runs on seven hits in five innings pitched. Matt Oney allowed one run on three hits in relief.
Gavin Perkins finished 3-4 while Kleindl was 2-3 with an RBI while rest of Wilmington’s lineup had one hit.
In game two, Jared Ferenchak, Wilmington’s starter, allowed three runs in the first inning, though two were on double steals. A Kleindl home run in the top of the second cut the visitor’s deficit to 3-1, but Wilmington’s next four relief pitchers couldn’t keep runners from crossing the plate.
Wilmington batted around and scored three runs in the sixth to get within 9-5, but a five-run eighth inning from Earlham put the game away.
Wilmington tallied 12 hits as a team with Kleindl’s home run being the lone extra-base hit. Aaron Burns finished 3-4 with two RBIs while Perkins and Gage Bley recorded multi-hit games.
Earlham finished with 19 hits including five extra-base hits. The hosts also stole a dozen bases.
Wilmington (1-5) travels to Denison University for a single game Saturday.