Earlham Claims First HCAC Baseball Tournament Title

Earlham Claims First HCAC Baseball Tournament Title

RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College upended Mount St. Joseph University to capture the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball championship. The Quakers capped a perfect three-game run through the tournament by defeating Earlham, 5-2, at Sadler Stadium.

With the victory, Earlham earned the HCAC automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in school history. The Quakers improved to 29-12 overall this season.

In Saturday's championship victory over the Lions the Earlham offense compiled 10 hits and five runs against the Mount St. Joseph pitching staff. 

Junior right fielder Kendal Baker (Richmond, Ind. / Richmond) finished the game 1-for-1 with two walks and one RBI.  Freshman Isaiah Shake (Bloomington, Ind. / South) finished 2-for-3 with one run in the win.

Earlham advanced to Saturday's championship round by virtue of the winner's bracket.  The Quakers, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, topped Rose-Hulman 4-3 on Thursday and secured their spot in the championship game by defeating Manchester, 8-2 on Friday. 

The Engineers are the fifth top seed to capture the HCAC baseball tournament title, joining Rose-Hulman (2016), Anderson (2015) and Manchester (2004, 2013) as the only other teams to accomplish the feat. 

The NCAA tournament draw will be released on May 14. 

2017 Baseball All-Tournament Team

Kendal Baker, Earlham (MOP)

Walter Talcott, Earlham

Danny Dopp, Earlham

Howie Smith, Earlham

Kyle Gorman, Earlham

Matt Hofmann, Mount St. Joseph

Nathan Hunter, Mount St. Joseph

Chad Schultz, Manchester

Braxton Riley, Manchester

Zach Trusk, Rose-Hulman

Tournament Results

Thu., May 11
Rose-Hulman 3
Earlham 4
Final - 10 innings
HCAC Tournament
Rose-Hulman
3
Earlham
4
Final (10) R H E
Rose-Hulman (18-23) 3 8 1
Earlham (27-12) 4 10 2
Mount St. Joseph 6
Manchester 7
Final
2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament @ Sadler Stadium - Earlham College - Richmond, Ind.
Mount St. Joseph
6
Manchester
7
Final R H E
Mount St. Joseph (22-19) 6 9 2
Manchester (22-19) 7 10 0
Fri., May 12
Manchester 2
Earlham 8
Final
HCAC Tournament
Manchester
2
Earlham
8
Final R H E
Manchester (22-20) 2 5 5
Earlham (28-12) 8 12 1
Rose-Hulman 1
Mount St. Joseph 3
Final
HCAC Tournament @ Richmond, Ind.
Rose-Hulman
1
Mount St. Joseph
3
Final R H E
Rose-Hulman (18-24) 1 7 1
Mount St. Joseph (23-19) 3 8 3
Mount St. Joseph 4
Manchester 2
Final
HCAC Tournament @ Richmond, Ind.
Mount St. Joseph
4
Manchester
2
Final R H E
Mount St. Joseph (24-19) 4 7 0
Manchester (22-21) 2 8 6
Sat., May 13
Mount St. Joseph 2
Earlham 5
Final
HCAC Tournament
Mount St. Joseph
2
Earlham
5
Final R H E
Mount St. Joseph (24-20) 2 7 0
Earlham (29-12) 5 10 0