The EMU Diamond Royals started their Spring Break trip on a high note scoring a total of 35 runs in their doubleheader against St. Elizabeth on Monday before falling to York (Pa.) on Tuesday. The Royals currently sit with a record of 9-5 with two games to go in Myrtle Beach, S.C. before heading back to Harrisonburg.
EMU plays their next game against John Jay on Wednesday at 11:00am then Eastern on Thursday at 10:00am.
EMU 28, St. Elizabeth 8 – 7 innings (3/2)
It was a big first inning for the Diamond Royals as they started their Spring Break by scoring seven runs in the first inning sending 12 batters to the plate against St. Elizabeth in their first year as a program. Jordan Jones (Saxe, Va./Randolph Henry) led off with a single to begin the game then scored on an error. He later hit a two-run single to cap the inning scoring. Jacob Merica (Elkton, Va./East Rockingham) also had two hits in the frame with a single and a double.
Another seven runs came across for EMU in the second inning thanks to big hits by Corey Willis (Fredricksburg, Va./Massaponax) and Merica. Willis hit a two-run triple with one out to score Blake Schaar (Orange, Va./The Covenant School) and Garrett Howard (Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland). Then after Jones earned a walk, Merica hit a three-run home run to right field to push the lead to 13 runs.
It was a quiet third and fourth inning for the Royals before they scored eight more in the fifth. They got through the lineup for a third time then started going to the bench. Skylar Lacks (Randolph, Va./Randolph Henry) hit a two-run double then back-to-back walks loaded the bases. Nick Jenkins (Elkton, Va./East Rockingham) hit a two-run single and Colin Jones (Chesterfield, Va./Clover Hill) hit an RBI single ahead of Logan Jones (Barboursville, Va./William Monroe) who doubled in two more runs.
The Royals would score five more runs in the seventh inning before it was all said and done.
John Judy (Shanks, W.V./Hampshire) started the game on the mound for EMU as he picked up his third win of the season. He gave up one run while striking out nine in four innings of work.
Merica went 3-4 with 3 RBI. Brett Lindsay (Gloucester, Va./Gloucester) was 3-3 and scored three runs with a double. Lacks was 2-2 with 4 RBI.
EMU 7, St. Elizabeth 4 – 7 innings (3/2)
The Diamond Royals got things going in the second inning of their second game of the day. Schaar singled in the first run then Jones hit an RBI single of his own. Merica got the third run across with a sacrifice fly.
The Eagles scored two runs in the top of the third on a two-out double, but EMU responded by scoring another in the bottom of the inning when Lindsay singled in Ray Tricarico (Culpeper, Va./Eastern View).
A leadoff single by Willis in the bottom of the fourth started another rally for the Royals. He stole second and Jones walked before Merica singled in Willis. Judy brought home Jones on a sacrifice fly then back-to-back walks loaded the bases. Howard hit a single to score Merica to push the lead to 7-2.
St. Elizabeth added two runs in the top of the fifth, but the Royals's bullpen shut them down on the back end to close out the game.
Gage Riddick (Gates County, N.C./Gates County) started the game and earned the win in four innings of work while striking out five. Spencer Laitinen (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) earned the save by throwing the seventh inning.
Robert Guenther (Falls Church, Va./George C. Marshall) went 3-3 with a walk. Merica and Willis both had two hits.
York (Pa.) 17, EMU 5 (3/3)
The Royals finished on the wrong side of a big scoring affair on Tuesday as they took on York (Pa.). The Spartans had a couple big innings late in the game to pull away after trailing through five innings.
Judy put EMU on the scoreboard as he led off the second inning with a solo home run. York would respond by scoring four in the bottom of the inning.
The Royals took the lead back in the top of the fourth inning by scoring four runs. Tricarico hit a one-out single then Judy hit a double to put both runners in scoring position. Lindsay brought home both runners with a single up the middle then advanced to second on the throw home. But the extra base would become a moot point as Guenther followed with a two-run homer to left center.
A run for the Spartans in the bottom of the fifth got them back within one, but the Royals were done scoring. Six runs in the sixth, five in the seventh, and two in the eighth put the game out of reach of a comeback as EMU would fall for the first time on their Myrtle Beach trip.
Lindsay went 3-4 with two RBI and Judy went 2-2 with two runs scored as they were the only Royals with multiple hits in the game.