Baldwin-Wallace slips past Earlham
Patterson wins at No. 3 singles to clinch Yellow Jackets' victory
GAMBIER, Ohio -- Baldwin-Wallace defeated Earlham 5-4 on Friday afternoon in a first round match of the NCAA tournament at the David W. Jasper Tennis Center on the campus of Kenyon College.
With its victory -- in the first NCAA tournament appearance in program history -- the Yellow Jackets improve to 29-0 overall while Earlham ends its season at 19-2.
Baldwin-Wallace trailed 2-1 after the doubles competition but won four of six singles matches to capture its first NCAA tournament victory.
In doubles action, the No. 3 team of Kyle Patterson and Taylor Long won the lone point with an 8-3 victory.
In singles play, Alex Kearney secured the second point as he won his match in straight sets by scores of 6-1 and 6-0 at the No. 5 position. Tyler Beaton won his match at No. 6 singles by scores of 6-1 and 6-2 to give the Yellow Jackets their first lead at 3-2.
Joe Horvath made it a 4-2 advantage for the Yellow Jackets as he won his match at No. 2 singles in consecutive sets by scores of 6-1 and 6-3. The Quakers would tie the match at 4-4 before Patterson sealed the victory with his victory at No. 3 singles by scores of 7-6 (7-3) and 6-3.