Lions Snap Baseball Team's Winning Streak

Hits were hard to come by for EMU on Saturday. (photo by Dr. Carl Lewis)
Hits were hard to come by for EMU on Saturday. (photo by Dr. Carl Lewis)

EMU's four-game winning streak ended on Saturday, as the baseball men dropped an 11-3 decision to Penn State-Harrisburg.

The Royals (5-3) split their two-game series with the Nittany Lions (1-1), as they prepare to take on another Keystone state school, Penn State-Altoona, in a doubleheader on Sunday. First pitch will be at 12:00pm.

After running over Penn State-Harrisburg, 9-4, on Friday, Eastern Mennonite got an early start on Saturday in an effort to beat the rain. The visitors took the first lead with a two-out run in the second before the Royals made their move in the third.

Jacob Merica (Elkton, Va./East Rockingham) led off with a single and the men had the bases loaded with one away. Damon Frazier (Waynesboro, Va./Wilson Memorial) chopped an infield single to bring in one run, and Jaylon Lee (Newport News, Va./Denbigh) sent a sacrifice fly to center, plating a second run for a 2-1 lead.

Penn State-Harrisburg got the scores right back, however, as three of the first four batters in the fourth got hits. Another two-spot gave the Lions a 3-2 edge.

Eastern Mennonite's bats went quiet from there, managing just two hits over the next four innings. The visitors, meanwhile, exploded for four runs in each of the sixth and eighth innings, blowing open what had been a close game.

Jordan Brake (Roanoke, Va./Lord Botetourt) hit a two-out double in the ninth and eventually scored on a passed ball, but a massive comeback was not in the works.

Merica was the only consistent offensive player, batting 4-for-4 for all but two of the EMU hits.

Starter Tyler Campbell (Luray, Va./Luray) struck out six sticks, but gave up three runs on seven hits over 4.0 frames. Paul Wilson (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence) was the most effective reliever, pitching a scoreless ninth.