Gorman allowed just four hits and six strikeouts compared to just one hit batter and no walks. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native surrendered just one extra base hit, a double in the third inning, but denied any Beaver reaching second base after that until the ninth inning.
After two scoreless innings from the Quakers, the Earlham offense came alive in the bottom of the third. Sophomore Addison Robertson led off the inning with a single, and after stealing second base, Robertson crossed home plate for the game’s first run on an RBI-single from senior Matt Barger. Senior Nate Lynch followed by reaching base via a bunt single, and senior Brennan Laird then moved everyone up 90 feet with a single.
Trailing 2-0 and facing a bases loaded, no-out jam, Bluffton starter Corey Johnson forced a popup followed by a strikeout to get within one out away from ending the inning. Senior Cody Krumlauf stepped up to bat, and delivered a bases-clearing double to extend the Quakers’ lead to 5-0.
Earlham would add one run in the fifth and one in the seventh to finish its 7-0 win.
Lynch finished 3-5 with an RBI and a stolen base. Barger added a 2-3 performance with a walk and a stolen base while six other Quakers recorded exactly one hit.
Johnson took the loss for Bluffton, allowing five earned runs and seven hits in three innings of work.
Earlham, which has beaten Bluffton six consecutive games, hosts Franklin College for a three-game series at Sadler Stadium this weekend before facing the Beavers again next Tuesday.