EC Falls in Extra Innings to Ranked Squad

NO. MANCHESTER, Ind. — For the fourth time in eight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference games this season, the Earlham College baseball team has played extra innings.

On Friday, the Quakers fell 9-8 in 10 innings at Manchester University, which is ranked 16th in the latest poll. Earlham is 1-3 in the extra inning affairs.

The Spartans (17-3-1, 7-1), who lead the HCAC, picked up the game-winning single with one out in the 10th off Earlham pitcher Zach Lee (Lynn, IN, Randolph Southern). Lee (0-3) surrendered one run on two hits in two innings, after entering the contest with one out in the eighth in relief of Earlham starter Matt Brankle (Kokomo, IN, Taylor).

Brankle gave up eight runs (five earned) on 10 hits with four strikeouts.

Manchester scored three times in the first inning before the Quakers added a pair of runs in the second.

Ethan Bailey singled to knock in a run and later in the frame, Zach McFarland (Greenfield, IN, Mt. Vernon) scored on a Manchester error.

The Quakers grabbed a 4-3 lead in the third inning. Josh Parr (Centerville, IN, Centerville, DePauw University) picked up a RBI on a fielder's choice and another error by Manchester allowed the second run of the stanza to score.

The Spartans tied the contest in the bottom of the third.

In the fourth, Earlham got back on top when Sam Ward (Bay Village, OH, Bay, Marietta College) homered to make it 5-4. The Spartans were able to respond with a run to make it 5-5 in their half the fourth.

Earlham went in front 8-5 with three runs in the fifth when Thomas Rea (Indianapolis, IN, Warren Central) doubled with the bases loaded to score all of his teammates.
Unfortunately for the Quakers, Manchester was able to tie the game at 8-8 with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.

From that point, neither team scored until Manchester got the game-winner in the 10th.
Ward, McFarland, Bailey and Ted Williams (Harper Woods, MI, Grosse Pointe North) led the Quakers with two hits each.

The Quakers (6-16, 2-6) finish the HCAC series at Manchester on Saturday when the two squads play a doubleheader that begins at noon.