Beloit Tops EMU Men in Florida, 8-6

Beloit Tops EMU Men in Florida, 8-6
Senior B.J. Mortimer helped keep the offense moving with two hits and two RBIs. (photo by Wayne Gehman)

The Eastern Mennonite baseball team started their spring break week in Florida with an 8-6 loss to Beloit College.  The Royals will play four more games over the next three days at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational.

B.J. Mortimer (Mechanicsville, VA/Lee-Davis) had an RBI single in the first inning, and Phillip Jordan (West Point, VA/Christchurch) added one in the second.  Beloit took the lead, however, putting up three-spots in the each of the first two innings to grab a 6-2 edge.

The Buccaneers pushed the lead to 8-3 after seven before the Royals made a comeback.  The men brought in two runs in the eighth, and one more in the ninth, but left two runners on base in each at-bat to suffer the loss.

EMU's offense had 14 hits, but couldn't overcome a pitching staff which gave up 12 hits and five walks and also hit two batters.  Austin Marzullo (Shippensburg, PA/Shippensburg) lasted three batters into the second inning and was tagged for six runs and the loss.  Ryan Henschel (New Market, VA/Stonewall Jackson) threw the final seven innings and allowed two runs.

Jonathan Estrada (Miami, FL/Doral Academy) was 3-5 with a run and an RBI.  Zach Bowles (Staunton, VA/Robert E. Lee) also had three hits and scored.  Adam Posey (Poquoson, VA/Poquoson) and Ryan McAlister (Bridgewater, VA/Turner Ashby) each had a pair of hits and scored twice.  Mortimer also had two singles with two RBIs.

The Royals slip to 8-7 with the loss.  They take on Thomas More Wednesday morning at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale, FL.