EMU Men Hit Four Homeruns In ODAC Twinbill At Emory & Henry

Damon Frazier's three homeruns this season are the most an EMU player has had since 2012. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Damon Frazier's three homeruns this season are the most an EMU player has had since 2012. (photo by Scott Eyre)

Despite an outburst of power, the Royals couldn't buy a break in Saturday's ODAC doubleheader at Emory & Henry, committing three errors in each game of a two-set loss. EMU slides to 10-12 overall and 1-7 in the ODAC with their sixth straight loss.

The men look to turn things around on Tuesday, when they host ODAC-rival Shenandoah University at 3:00pm in Harrisonburg. The 18-1 Hornets are the No. 1 team in the most recent D3baseball.com national poll.

Emory & Henry 8, EMU 7
Balls were flying out of the yard in the opener, especially for a Royals team which had only hit four homeruns in their previous 20 games. They hit three in this game.

Senior Kyle Salladay (Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield) hit his first collegiate homer in the second, but EHC hit their own in the bottom of the frame. Joe Hall (Gladys, Va./Rustburg) went yard in the third, putting EMU back up, 2-1.

The Wasps tied the game in the fourth, and then took advantage of a collision between two EMU fielders on what would have been the third out of the frame to score two runs. The next batter launched a three-run homer, as five unearned runs scored to give the home team their first lead, 7-2.

The Royals regrouped and struck back in the sixth, started by Damon Frazier's (Waynesboro, Va./Wilson Memorial) leadoff homerun. Salladay added a two-run double and Griffin Stanley (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring) brought him home with a two-out double, cutting the margin to 7-6.

Salladay was back at it in the eighth, hitting a one-out double and then coming home on a single from Dean Lowery (Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield) to tie the score.

The men nearly got out of a wild bottom of the ninth unscathed in a frame which started with EHC's leadoff batter being hit by a pitch. The Royals threw out one runner at home after the throw from a bunt single went into right field, but a two-out hit brought in one final unearned run in the walk-off decision.

Eastern Mennonite out-hit the Wasps, 14-12, but hurt themselves with three errors. Six of Emory & Henry's eight runs were unearned.

Frazier gave up two earned runs on 10 hits in 6.0 innings. John Dudley (Raphine, Va./Riverheads) pitched the final 2.2 and took the loss.

Salladay broke out of a slump by batting 3-4 with three runs and three RBIs. He hit two doubles and a homerun. Ryan Hedrick (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) also had three hits and scored a run. Hall and Frazier each finished with two hits, including a homer.

Emory & Henry 8, EMU 3
Frazier hit his second homerun of the day to start the scoring, hitting a two-run shot in the first, but the game went downhill from there.

The Wasps scored once in their half of the first, and then used a pair of two-out errors to take a 3-2 lead in the second. Another run in the third gave the home team a 4-2 lead.

Lowery knocked an RBI double in the fifth, but Emory & Henry responded with three doubles in the bottom of the inning to dent home four times for an 8-3 margin.

EMU had at least one base runner in each of the final three innings, but could not put any more runs on the board.

Frazier led the offense with a 2-4 effort, knocking out his third homerun over the past four games. Lowery was 2-3.

Tyler Campbell (Luray, Va./Luray) gave up seven of the runs in 4.2 innings to take the loss. Tristan Childress (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) and Ryan Brewer (Martinsville, Va./Franklin County) threw in relief.