Diamond Royals Cruise To Sunday Sweep

Robert Guenther had three hits on the day including a solo home run. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Robert Guenther had three hits on the day including a solo home run. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The EMU Diamond Royals used big innings in both games of their doubleheader to earn a sweep against Penn St.-Altoona on Sunday. The Royals come away with three wins on the weekend after winning game two of their doubleheader against DeSales on Saturday.

EMU stays at home for one more non-conference game before heading to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for their Spring Break trip. They host Averett on Wednesday, Feb, 26 at 3:00pm.

EMU 7, Penn St.-Altoona 1

The Royals came out swinging in game one as they started to get their offense going. They cracked the scoreboard in the second inning when Billy Quinn (Ashburn, Va. /Stone Bridge) drove in a run on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded. 

The Lions responded in the fourth inning with a run of their own that scored on an errant throw to third. EMU took the lead back in the bottom of the inning when Corey Willis (Fredricksburg, Va./Massaponax) brought in a run on another bases loaded fielder's choice.

After a scoreless fifth inning, the Royals tore it open in the sixth. The first three batters reached before a walk to Willis scored the first of five runs in the inning. Jordan Jones (Saxe, Va./Randolph Henry) drove in two more with a double to left field then Jacob Merica (Elkton, Va./East Rockingham) singled in Jones and Willis on his fourth hit of the game.

Connor Lutz (Colonial Beach, Va./Colonial Beach) started the game for EMU throwing three innings and striking out three. Tyler Bagent (Chesapeake, Va./Portsmouth Christian) earned the win after throwing the fourth inning in relief as the Royals took the lead back. DJ Williams (Newport News, Va./Tabb) finished the game to earn the save throwing the final three innings scoreless while striking out two.

Merica finished 4-4 with two RBI. Jones and Brett Lindsay (Gloucester, Va./Gloucester) both went 2-4 with a double. Blake Schaar (Orange, Va./The Covenant School) and Robert Guenther (Falls Church, Va./George C. Marshall) each had two hits and a walk.

EMU 18, Penn St.-Altoona 2 

Game two started on a similar note as the Royals started their scoring in the second inning. Schaar roped a double down the left field line that was misplayed by the left fielder which brought Schaar all the way around to score on the play. Guenther was the next batter and he drove the ball over the left field fence for a solo home run.

The third inning is where the wheels came off for the Lions as the Royals sent 15 batters up to the plate. A walk and two hit by pitches loaded the bases for John Judy (Shanks, W.V./Hampshire) who singled in two runners. Lindsay followed with an RBI double then Judy scored on a dropped third strike. Willis hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to bring home another run just before Jones reached on an error to score another. Merica hit a two-run double, and Lindsay earned a bases loaded walk to score the ninth run of the inning.

After one more run came across in the fourth, the Royals scored six more in the fifth to put the game out of reach. This time it was the substitutions knocking in the runs starting with an RBI single by Quinn. Garrett Howard (Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland) hit a bases loaded RBI single before Forrest Shuey (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) reached on an error that scored another. Justin Parrish (Yorktown, Va./York), Nick Jenkins (Elkton, Va./East Rockingham), and Logan Jones (Barboursville, Va./William Monroe) all had RBI singles in the inning to cap the scoring effort.

Gage Riddick (Gates County, N.C./Gates County) earned the win as the starting pitcher throwing four innings scoreless while giving up just one hit, one walk, and striking out five batters. Nate Tomlin (Spring City, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) and Braydon Collier (Ruckersville, Va./William Monroe) each threw in relief to close out the game.

Lindsay finished 2-3 with two RBI and a double. Willis, Jones, and Howard each had two hits and one RBI.