Baseball Loses to Anderson in Extras to End Season in HCAC Tournament
North Manchester, Ind. - The Franklin College baseball team ended the 2014 season with a 13-12 loss in 12 innings to Anderson University in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) tournament on Friday afternoon.
The Ravens (26-16) scored two runs in the bottom of the 12th inning after Franklin had plated a run in the top of the 12 inning. Jake Zurawski hit a single with the bases loaded for the game-winning hit.
It marked the second rally for Anderson.
The Ravens scored eight runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to force extras. Zack Hufferd drove in two runs with a double. He later scored on a single by Jeremy Shelmadine. The base hit trimmed the lead to 11-7. A bases-loaded walk, single and a two-run single tied the game at 11-11.
With the bases loaded, Hufferd was robbed of the potential game-winning hit on a diving catch by Brock.
Franklin (24-17) jumped out to a 4-0 lead after a two-run double by senior Scott Windler (Lafayette, Ind./Lafayette Central Catholic) in the first inning. Sophomore Drew Kammerer (Fortville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) plated junior Tyler Ison (Whiteland, Ind./Whiteland Community) before scoring on a single by Brock in the fourth inning.
The Ravens got a run in the fourth of the fourth inning before Jacob Craft hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to cut the deficit to 4-3.
The Grizzlies scored five times in the top of the seventh inning to hold a 9-3 lead. Ison had the big hit in the frame with a bases-clearing double. The team scored two more runs in the top of the ninth inning before Anderson's game-tying rally.
Individually, Brock tallied five hits and drove in three runs while scoring three runs. Junior Mitch Frey (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo) collected four hits. Freshman Cody Shipley (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo) had three hits and Ison collected two hits.
Franklin qualified for its seventh consecutive Heartland Conference tournament – the longest active streak in the league and won 24 games.
The game concluded the careers of seniors Rickey DuBois (Mishawaka, Ind./Penn), Alex Englebert (Columbus, Ind./Columbus East), Hal Enkoff (Columbus, Ind./Columbus East), Taylor Glaze (Lafayette, Ind./Lafayette Central Catholic), Chris Hoopingarner (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) and Windler. Windler ended his career as the school's all-time hit leader (237) and stolen bases (59).