Despite taking the first lead and out-hitting their hosts, EMU's baseball men made too many miscues to take down Bridgewater College on the road Thursday afternoon, dropping a 10-7 decision. The Royals hit two homeruns, but committed five errors and gave up four unearned runs in falling to 11-16 overall and 2-8 in the ODAC.
It was the fifth loss in a row for the Royals. The game had originally been scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, but was moved a day because of the gusty winds in the Shenandoah Valley.
Next up for Eastern Mennonite is another key conference set, playing two games at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., on Sunday. That date was also affected by the weather, as the threat of precipitation in Saturday's forecast pushed the doubleheader to Sunday with a 1:00pm start.
Thursday saw plenty of scoring chances, as the two rivals combined to score at least one run in 12 of the 17 at-bats in the game. The Royals put together 12 hits as each of the starting position players had at least one hit. Bridgewater (15-11-1/4-7 ODAC) had nine hits.
Damon Frazier (Waynesboro, Va./Wilson Memorial) got things started on the right foot, by drilling a two-run homerun down the left field line just three batters into the contest. Frazier is now tied for the ODAC lead with six homeruns this season, including four in ODAC play.
BC scored once on a two-out throwing error in the bottom of the first, but returned the favor in the top of the second as Eastern Mennonite led 3-1.
The Eagles then grabbed momentum with four hits and three runs in their second at-bat. Bridgewater needed just one hit to score twice in the third, before plating another run in the fourth without the aid of a single hit.
Starting pitcher Tyler Campbell (Luray, Va./Luray) was chased in that inning with EMU trailing 7-3.
Junior Daniel Scott (Moneta, Va./Staunton River) started a comeback with a solo homer in the fifth, the first of his career. Tyler Wilcher (Staunton, Va./Buffalo Gap) added a two-out RBI single in the sixth, as the men got within two, but that would be as close as they would get.
The Royals scored in the eighth and ninth, but couldn't stop BC from plating runners in the seventh and eighth. Corey Willis (Fredericksburg, Va./Massaponax) brought in a run in the ninth with a two-out single, but for the third straight time, EMU ended a game with the tying run at the plate.
The No. 8 and No. 9 hitters combined for five of the men's hits, led by Tyler McFadden (Virginia Beach, Va./Salem) going 3-4. Wilcher added a pair of singles with an RBI.
Jacob Merica (Elkton, Va./East Rockingham) and Frazier each accounted for two RBIs, while Scott finished 1-3 with two walks at the plate, scoring two times with one RBI.
Tagged for seven runs in 3.0+ innings, Campbell fell to 1-3 with loss. John Judy (Shanks, W.V./Hampshire) allowed three runs over 4.1 innings pitcher, before closer Ryan Brewer (Martinsville, Va./Franklin County) got the final two outs in the eighth.