After earning a split the previous day at Roanoke, the Royals couldn't put their hits together on Sunday. Despite rapping out 14 hits against Guilford, the men took an 18-5 loss. They also suffered a 7-2 defeat against Greensboro College.
Guilford 18, EMU 5
The Quakers scored a pair of runs in the first inning, but otherwise it was a quiet start to the game. Finally in the fourth EMU got rolling. Jonathan Estrada (Miami, FL/Doral Academy) brought in Beau Banglesdorf (Stafford, VA/Mountain View) with a one-out triple. Justin King (Lititz, PA/Warwick) launched a sacrifice fly to score Estrada and tie the game at 2-2.
But GC responded in the bottom of the frame, batting 11 players. The home team scored six runs, including five with two outs, and surged ahead 8-2.
Eastern Mennonite rallied again in the seventh, with Estrada providing a two-run single. The Quakers once again had a response, however, plating another eight in the bottom of the frame to blow open a 16-4 cushion.
Banglesdorf added a solo homerun in the ninth, his third of the season, but the men ran out of chances. EMU left 10 men on base in the loss and had at least one runner in every inning.
Estrada and Banglesdorf had effective games, with Estrada going 3-3 with three RBIs and a run. Banglesdorf finished 3-5 with two runs and an RBI.
King had a pair of singles and the only other RBI. Dylan Smith (Sterling, VA/Park View) also had two hits and scored a run.
Andy Richter (Perkasie, PA/Christopher Dock) pitched five innings and allowed eight runs to get the loss. EMU's bullpen was tagged for 10 more runs in three innings of work.
Greensboro 7, EMU 2
The Royals also played a non-conference game against Greensboro after the Guilford game, dropping a 7-2 decision.
The men traded runs with Greensboro and stood tied at 2-2 after four innings. King had an RBI groundout and the second run scored when Ryan McAlister (Bridgewater, VA/Turner Ashby) beat out a doubleplay ball with the bases loaded.
The Pride took over with four runs in the fifth and added one more in the sixth for the final score.
EMU was limited to eight hits, with Smith getting the only multi-hit game. Banglesdorf went 1-3 with a walk and run scored.
Eastern Mennonite is now 11-24 after the busy weekend, including 4-11 in ODAC play. The men have three more games left this season, starting with the home finale on Thursday against Washington and Lee. First pitch is at 4:00pm in Harrisonburg for Senior Recognition.