A day later than originally scheduled, EMU's baseball men played an ODAC doubleheader at Roanoke College on Sunday. Wet weather forced the set to be moved from Saturday to Sunday, and the Royals struggled to get their bats going against the defending ODAC champions.
No. 9 Roanoke 8, EMU 4
The Royals had a great start to the day, putting together three hits and a walk to score two runs in the top of the first. Damon Frazier (Waynesboro, Va./Wilson Memorial) had an RBI single and Tyler McFadden (Virginia Beach, Va./Salem) added a sacrifice fly. Roanoke (13-3/5-0 ODAC) got a leadoff homer in the bottom of the frame, but EMU got the run back in the third when Frazier hit a one-out single and eventually scored on an error.
The Maroons pitching staff took over from there, however, limiting the men to just two more hits over the final six frames. Roanoke cut the margin to 3-2 with a run in the bottom of the third before taking their first lead with three runs in the fourth. A pair of unearned runs in the eighth put the game out of reach.
Adam Marston (Woodstock, Va./Miller School) hit a one-out homerun in the ninth to provide the final score, 8-4.
Frazier had two of EMU's six hits and accounted for three of the runs. The righty also took the loss on the mound, giving up five runs on 11 hits in 6.0 innings. He struck out six batters.
No. 9 Roanoke 6, EMU 0
After committing four errors in the opener, the Royals' defense settled down in the nightcap. Frazier moved over to shortstop for the first time and the team responded with their first error-free game since a 7-6 win over Penn State-Altoona on Feb. 25.
The offense, however, could not solve Roanoke's pitching staff for the second straight game and were limited to just five hits. The Royals had two runners on base in the second, fourth and sixth innings, and loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but they could never get a big hit to start a run-scoring frame.
Sophomore Bailey Hall (Daleville, Va./James River) was solid on the mound for the Royals, working through 10 hits to hold the Maroons to just three runs over six innings of work. Roanoke scored twice in the second, and made it 3-0 in the sixth. Finally, a three-spot in the eighth landed the knockout.
Brett Lindsay (Gloucester, Va./Gloucester) finished with a pair of hits, while John Judy (Shanks, W.V./Hampshire) added a single and a walk. Matt Curry (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) earned two walks.
Now 9-10 overall and 0-4 in the ODAC, the Royals hope to get back on the field this week, with games scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday against Washington and Lee. Tuesday's 4:00pm game in Lexington was rescheduled from last week, while Wednesday's start time is set for 3:00pm in Harrisonburg.
EMU also hosts Emory & Henry for two on Saturday.