Diamond Royals Fall To Hood, 4-3

Infielder Brett Lindsay is leading the team with 64 assists this season. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Infielder Brett Lindsay is leading the team with 64 assists this season. (photo by Scott Eyre)

EMU's baseball men fell at host Hood College (22-5) in a non-conference single game on Tuesday afternoon in Frederick, Md. 

The Royals currently stand at 11-19 overall and step back into league play this Saturday, as they travel to No. 8 Randolph-Macon. 

After a scoreless first frame, Hood took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Blake Schaar (Orange, Va./The Covenant School) got things going for the Royals after singling down the third base line. Daniel Scott (Moneta, Va./Staunton River) sent an RBI double to left field to knot the score at one. 

The Blazers struck again in the fourth off an RBI base hit to make it 2-1. A one-out double put runners on second and third before a ground out to short drove in another run, 3-1. 

Brett Lindsay (Gloucester, Va./Gloucester) and Ray Tricarico (Culpeper, Va./Eastern View) hit back-to-back singles to put EMU in scoring position in the top of the sixth. Billy Quinn (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) bunted down the third base line to load the bases, which was followed up by a two-RBI single from Matt Culbreath (Dinwiddie, Va./Dinwiddie) to tie the score 3-3. 

In the bottom of the seventh, the Blazers would score what proved to be the winning run on an error, for a final decision of 4-3. 

Starter Austin Carroll (Chester, Va./Matoaca) took the loss, as he pitched 6.0 innings for EMU before turning the ball over to the bullpen, allowing four runs on six hits and a walk. Michael Wilhite (Hershey, Pa./Lower Dauphin) pitched the final 2.0 for the Royals, allowing one run.

Scott went 2-5 on the day with an RBI, while Culbreath went 1-3 with two RBIs.