On Wednesday, the Kenyon baseball team ended a five-game slump with an impressive NCAC doubleheader sweep at Oberlin College. In game one, the Owls won 12-3, then earned a 5-3 victory in game two. After the sweep, Kenyon’s overall record improved to 15-10 (3-5 NCAC).
The Owls came out strong in game one, scoring four runs in the first inning. Although Oberlin managed to score one run in the second inning, Kenyon’s offense continued to dominate, including a three-run fourth inning. Theo Canning ’26 pitched six innings, allowing only three runs, two earned. Sam Howell ’26 closed out the game to earn his first save of the season.
In total, the Owls accumulated 16 hits in game one, along with eight walks and four hit batters. Notably, Kenyon broke the team single-season record for hit batters, previously set at 55 in the 2009 season, with 58 hit batters this year.
In game two, Malcolm Gaynor’s ’24 three-run home run in the second inning secured the win for Kenyon. Gaynor went 1-for-4 with four RBIs and a run scored. Kenyon’s other run in game two came from an Oberlin error in the sixth inning.
Lewis Cropper ’25 started the game on the mound for Kenyon and allowed only one run on seven hits in the first eight innings. In the ninth inning, he allowed two more runs, but Sam Richards ’23 came in to close the game and earn another save for Kenyon.
Across the two games, Tripper Capps ’24 and Kyle Dwyer ’23 led Kenyon’s offense, with each picking up five hits and a pair of RBIs.
The Owls will travel to Crawfordsville, Indiana, on Saturday to play a doubleheader against the Wabash College Little Giants.