Baseball Report (Week 3) - Earlham Improves Record to 8-4 Heading into HCAC Play

GREENWOOD, IN- Earlham College had a busy week and walked away with a 5-2 record.  The Quakers (8-4, 0-0 HCAC) started the week down in Ft. Pierce, Florida and ended it with a pair of doubleheaders in Richmond.

EC defeated Hilbert 16-5 in Florida and fell to Rutgers-Camden and Delaware Valley while on the trip.  The Quake went 4-0 at home Saturday and Sunday, earning two-game sweeps of Johnson Bible and Robert Morris-Springfield.

Sophomore Ryan Hayes (New Lebanon, Ohio/Dixie) finished the week 9-of-16 (.563) at the plate to lead the Earlham offense.

Hayes totaled three doubles, one triple, two home runs, six RBI, seven runs scored, and 20 total bases, while posting a slugging percentage of 1.250.

On the mound, freshman Matt Brankle (Kokomo, Ind./Taylor) posted a 2-0 record for the Quakers. The freshman tossed a complete game in a 10-2 win over Robert Morris-Springfield Sunday, giving up two runs on four hits with 13 strikeouts.

Brankle also notched a win over Hilbert, scattering four hits and three earned runs in a 16-5 win. 

For the week, the freshman posted a 3.75 earned run average with eight hits allowed and 20 strikeouts in 12.0 innings of work.

Earlham will kick off the 2012 HCAC schedule on the road against Hanover this weekend.

For a complete recap of Week 3 in HCAC Baseball, click here