Damon Frazier (Waynesboro, Va./Wilson Memorial) hit a pair of homeruns and right-hander Tyler Campbell (Luray, Va./Luray) struck out eight batters over 7.0 innings as EMU earned an impressive 8-3 win at Washington and Lee Friday afternoon.
The Royals improve to 10-10 on the season and 1-4 in the ODAC as they break a five-game skid. In a recent two-week stretch hampered by rain, snow and postponements, EMU had suffered doubleheader sweeps at the hands of Virginia Wesleyan and then-No. 9 Roanoke College.
Eastern Mennonite returns to the diamond on Sunday, hosting Emory & Henry (6-6/0-4 ODAC) in a doubleheader bumped back one day from Saturday. First pitch is set for noon.
Frazier provided the early spark in Friday's rescheduled game, launching a two-run blast to left just three batters into the game. The Generals tied the score at 2-2, plating a single run in each of the third and fourth innings, before EMU blew the game open in the sixth.
Jacob Merica (Elkton, Va./East Rockingham) led off the frame with a walk, and two batters later the Royals had the bases loaded to chase W&L starter Mason Shuffler. Brett Lindsay (Gloucester, Va./Gloucester) greeted reliever Nate Cohen with a single into the gap in left center, plating two runs for a 4-2 edge. But the men weren't done.
After a sacrifice from Justin Parrish (Yorktown, Va./York), the Royals scored on three straight at-bats, getting an RBI single from Corey Willis (Fredericksburg, Va./Massaponax), an Adam Marston (Woodstock, Va./Miller School) sac fly, and another RBI single from Jaylon Lee (Newport News, Va./Denbigh). When the 10-batter frame finally ended, Eastern Mennonite had combined five hits for a five-run outburst, opening up a 7-2 margin.
For good measure, Frazier pulled a solo shot down the left field line in the seventh, with his second homerun of the day making it 8-2.
Campbell completed his final pitches in the bottom of the seventh, striking out two more Generals to leave with a comfy lead. John Judy (Shanks, W.V./Hampshire), Michael Wilhite (Hershey, Pa./Lower Dauphin) and Ryan Brewer (Martinsville, Va./Franklin County) combined to finish off the final two innings, giving Campbell his first win of the season.
Frazier had one of his best games in a Royals uniform, batting 3-4 with a walk, scoring three times and racking up three RBIs. He now has four longballs in each of his seasons at EMU. He also played his second straight game at shortstop. As a team, the Royals have not committed an error in either of those games.
Merica, EMU's leadoff man, reached base twice. The Royals scored multiple runs each time. Lee and Matt Curry (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) each had a pair of singles. Lindsay finished with a hit and a walk and Daniel Scott (Moneta, Va./Staunton River) scored twice.