Richmond, Ind. – An offensive outburst from both teams saw the Earlham College Quakers outscore the Transylvania baseball team 11-7 Saturday afternoon at Sadler Stadium to conclude their three-game conference series.
Another big day from sophomore outfielder Isaac Taylor, who went 3-for-5 in a leadoff role on Saturday was not enough to catapult the Pioneers past Earlham as the Quakers outhit Transy 15 to 12.
Following the Saturday result, Transylvania dropped to 13-23 overall, and 8-15 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, while the Quakers inched closer to the top of the conference standings with an HCAC record of 17-6 following the weekend series.
The Pioneers enjoyed a heavy dose of power in the second inning to grab a 4-0 lead, but the Quakers settled down and outscored Transylvania 11-3 the rest of the day. Earlham returned the favor to Transylvania in the bottom of the fourth inning with a four-run output of its own before replicating three-run innings in both the sixth and seventh frames to pull away from the Pioneers.
Senior starting pitcher Adam Boone received a no-decision on Saturday, working the first five innings of the game and tallying three strikeouts, zero walks, and 10 hits allowed. Sophomore reliever Daniel Seitzinger took the loss, allowing four earned runs over the final three innings.
The Pioneers' most potent inning started impressively, as the first four batters each reached base in the second inning with a single. The fourth consecutive hit came from senior catcher Gage Beavers, driving home both senior first baseman Connor Blevins and freshman outfielder Riley Willbur for a 2-0 Pioneers lead.
Taylor added a base-hit RBI to raise Transy's lead to 3-0, and a failed pickoff attempt allowed Beavers to come home from third for the 4-0 lead.
Earlham made its comeback in the fourth inning behind two triples that led to four runs and a tie game at 4-all. In the seventh inning, Transylvania scored two more runs to cut Earlham's advantage to 7-5; an RBI groundout from Seitzinger pushed freshman catcher Cole Ratliff home, and an RBI single from Beavers brought home Blevins to whittle Earlham's lead back to two runs.
But the Quakers received its second consecutive big inning in the bottom of the seventh with three more runs to put the game out of reach.
Along with Taylor, Blevins enjoyed a 3-for-5 day at the plate with one RBI. Willbur also posted a multi-hit game as the freshman went 2-for-4 at bat.
The Pioneers have four games remaining in their regular season as they face the Hanover Panthers on Tuesday, followed by their final three-game series of the year as they visit Bluffton next weekend. Tuesday's matchup with Hanover is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. at KT Young Ballpark in Hanover, Indiana.
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