Rewinding to the 2016 season, Earlham built upon a trip to the HCAC Tournament in 2015 by finishing third in the conference and qualifying for its second straight postseason.
The Quakers, who did not win a game in the 2015 HCAC Tournament, opened the 2016 postseason with a victory over Transylvania.
Ultimately, Earlham fell to champion Rose-Hulman on championship Saturday, ending the Quakers' 2016 season with a 29-14 record.
Beginning the season at 1-4, Earlham bounced back with a sweep of Wilmington including a 10-0 shutout in game one.
Earlham next faced Manchester in a winner's bracket game of the HCAC Tournament.
After losing the regular season series to the Spartans, the Quakers opened up the game with a run in the first and a three-run fourth.
Manchester got two runs back in the fifth, but a four-run sixth inning gave Earlham the win and a berth in the HCAC Tournament championship round.
This time around, Earlham won the winner's bracket, meaning the Quakers needed to defeat Mount St. Joseph once on championship Saturday.
Earlham plated a single run in the second, third, and fourth innings while MSJ scored two in the fifth. Leading 3-2, the Quakers padded their lead with and RBI-single from senior Matt Barger in the sixth and a sacrifice fly from senior Nate Lynch in the eighth. Walter Talcott then shut down the Lions in the ninth to give Earlham the 2017 HCAC Tournament title.
Freshman Colin Greve earned the victory, allowing two earned runs and striking out three in five innings of work.
Kendal Baker, a Richmond native and Richmond High School alumnus, was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
Earlham opened its first NCAA Division III Mideast Regional in school history against Wooster at Washington & Jefferson (W&J) in Washington, Pennyslyvania.
Wooster, ranked No. 1 in the region, came in with the top-ranked offense in the country. Further, the Scots were 27-1 all-time against the Quakers as Wooster is a current North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) member and Earlham was in the NCAC from 1989-2010.
Earlham embraced the underdog role, defeating Wooster 6-2 for both the program and the College's first win in an NCAA Division III Tournament event. Senior Howie Smith earned the win, allowing two earned runs in seven innings.