RICHMOND, IND. -- Earlham College scored six runs in the first inning to earn a 10-3 victory over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball action on Saturday night.
The result, combined with other scores in the conference this weekend, means that Rose-Hulman must win at least one game in Sunday's doubleheader against Earlham to qualify for the 2013 HCAC Tournament. The Fightin' Engineers would earn the No. 3 seed with a sweep, the No. 4 seed with a split, and be replaced in the tournament by Defiance if Earlham sweeps.
Seven Earlham players had two hits each to lead the Quaker offense. Sam Ward had two hits and three RBIs, Ross Yoho had two RBIs and Alex Arovits pitched in with a double and one RBI to lead the balanced attack.
Justin Broach scattered seven hits and struck out five in a complete game victory on the mound for Earlham.
The Rose-Hulman offense was led by sophomore Kody Alayon (Hammond/Bishop Noll) with a single, a double and one run scored. Freshman Patrick Klima (South Bend/St. Joseph) added one single, one run and one RBI.
Earlham improved to 10-27 overall and 6-16 in league play with the win, while Rose-Hulman stands 12-10 in conference games and 15-22 on the season. The two games on Sunday begin at noon in Richmond.