Powers’ Gem Gives Baseball Another Road HCAC Series Triumph
Franklin, Ind. - Junior Seth Powers (Greenfield, Ind./Greenfield-Central) struck out 14 batters in tossing his first career complete-game shutout to give the Franklin College baseball team its second road Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) series victory.
The Grizzlies responded with a 2-0 win after dropping the opener 2-1 of Sunday's doubleheader.
Franklin (13-7, 4-2 HCAC) broke a scoreless game on a two-out double from junior Mitch Frey (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo) in the seventh inning. The base hit scored freshman Cody Shipley (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo).
Earlham (11-7, 3-3 HCAC) got a leadoff double from Ted Williams to open the ninth inning. Powers got a strikeout before Alex Arovits drew a walk to put the potential game-tying run on base. After a groundout moved both runners into scoring position, Powers got Josh Parr to strikeout to secure the victory.
Junior Tyler Ison (Whiteland, Ind./Whiteland Community) and Pelley each had two hits to lead the eight-hit attack in the second game. Ison had two hits in the opener.
In the first game, Earlham got a pair of two-out run-scoring singles by Eric Elkus and Ryan McCray to grab a 2-0 lead. Elkus got the Quakers on the scoreboard in the second inning. Then, McCray's single came in the sixth inning for an insurance run.
Franklin cut into the deficit with a sacrifice fly by junior Jameson Brock (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) in the seventh inning. Freshman Mitchell Sorrells (Brookville, Ind./Franklin County) scored on the play.
Earlham's Zach Lee struck out eight batters in tossing the complete game.
Franklin senior Scott Windler (Lafayette, Ind./Lafayette Central Catholic) had a base hit in each game to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. He has reached base safely in all 20 games this season.
Franklin returns to action on Tuesday, April 1 at 6 p.m. when it travels to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. The game ends an eight-game road swing. Live statistics and video of the game will be available here. In-game updates will also be available on Twitter (@FCAthletics) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FranklinCollegeAthletics).