The Royals let an early lead slip away on Thursday, dropping a 12-4 ODAC contest to Washington and Lee. The two teams split their season series, with each winning on the other's home field.
Eastern Mennonite (11-13/2-7 ODAC) remains at home for a non-conference doubleheader on Monday, hosting Averett at 1:00pm. The men had been scheduled to host the Cougars in a single game on Tuesday, but instead they will play two on Monday when EMU does not have classes. Both teams wanted to pick up an extra game because of this spring's numerous cancellations.
The Royals scored first against W&L (9-14/2-7 ODAC). Brett Lindsay (Gloucester, Va./Gloucester) led off the second with a double and came home on a groundball from Jaylon Lee (Newport News, Va./Denbigh). Damon Frazier (Waynesboro, Va./Wilson Memorial) then made it 2-0 in the third when he launched a two-out shot to left center, getting extra distance with the wind blowing out. It was Frazier's third homerun off Generals pitching this year.
Washington and Lee scored a single run in the fifth, and then touched up reliever Tristan Childress (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) for back-to-back homeruns in the sixth, taking their first lead at 3-2.
Lee nearly tied the game in the bottom of the frame after his leadoff double. Adam Marston (Woodstock, Va./Miller School) blooped a single down the left field line, but Lee was thrown out at the plate, leaving W&L with the lead and the momentum.
The Generals took advantage of a couple of EMU mental mistakes in the seventh and turned it into a four-run rally, including three unearned runs. Eastern Mennonite got two back in the bottom of the frame on an RBI double from Frazier and an RBI single from Lee, but W&L still led 7-4.
A double play in the eighth stopped the Royals from getting a rally going, and then Washington and Lee opened the floodgates in the ninth. Five more runs scored, including three more unearned, as the visitors provided the final margin.
Five of EMU's 10 hits went for extra bases, led by Frazier going 2-5 with a double and homerun. He scored twice and drove in two. Lee finished 3-4 with two RBIs, while Lindsay added a pair of hits and a run. Brendon Salladay (Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield) earned two walks.
Childress fell to 1-1 with the loss, giving up two runs in his only inning of work. EMU's first five pitchers were each charged with at least one run until Riley Wesp (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) came in for the final out of the ninth. Right-hander Tyler Campbell (Luray, Va./Luray) gave a quality start, striking out seven while allowing only one run in 5.0 innings.