FRANKLIN, Ind. – Franklin College manufactured three runs with just one hit and topped visiting Anderson 3-2 to sweep a key Heartland Conference baseball doubleheader at McDowell Field today.
The Grizzlies improved to 17-7 in the HCAC and 29-9 overall on Senior Day while the Ravens dropped to 17-7 in the league and dropped to 25-14 in all games.
Franklin's sweep prevented Anderson from winning the 2012 HCAC regular season championship – the Ravens needed two victories over FC in the series – and gave Rose-Hulman the conference title instead.
The Engineers (18-6 in the HCAC) wrapped up their schedule on Friday night.
The Grizzies and Anderson will play for second place on Sunday in a single nine-inning contest at noon.
Franklin captured this afternoon's second decision when freshman second baseman Mitch Frey scored from third base on a ground ball hit by junior shortstop Nick Stoia for a fielder's choice. Frey beat the throw to home from AU second baseman Kyle Beckman. The play was FC's only RBI of the ballgame.
In today's first game, the Grizzlies jumped on the Ravens with five runs in the opening inning. Junior catcher Jesse Wilson hit a two-run single and senior third baseman Jordon Klinedinst and senior outfielder Kevin Entwistle both doubled in a run to highlight the scoring. Wilson also brought in a run with a two-base hit in the second inning.
Sophomore center fielder Scott Windler belted a two-run home run over the left-center field fence to put FC up 7-0.
Franklin had 13 hits to Anderson's three in the opener.
All that offense helped pitcher Nathan Ellis breeze to his eighth win. The senior right-hander had no walks and struck out four batters.