Messiah ends EMU baseball winning streak, 9-6


emu sportsEastern Mennonite’s baseball team had their six-game winning streak snapped Monday afternoon, dropping a 9-6 decision to Messiah in Harrisonburg.  The Royals fell behind in the first and could never draw even with their visitors as they fall to 7-2.

The men have one more home game on Wednesday, hosting Southern Virginia at 3:00pm.  The game against SVU wraps up a 10-game home stand to open the season.

The Falcons got things rolling quickly, triggered by a leadoff double.  After three hits and two walks, the visitors had a 3-0 lead before EMU even got to the plate.

The Royals got a pair of two-out RBI hits in the second, slicing the deficit to 3-2.  But Messiah got the runs right back in the third, with an error leading to two unearned scores.

Things went quiet until the sixth when the Falcons scored a pair of two-out runs to bump their lead to 7-2.

Messiah brought in a reliever to start the bottom half of the sixth and back-to-back leadoff walks got the Royals back in business.  Adam Marston (Woodstock, Va./Miller School) ripped a gapper to right center, chasing home both runners.  Marston eventually scored on a ground ball, cutting the margin to 7-5.

The teams traded runs in the eighth, but the Falcons scored again in the ninth before leaving the bases loaded.

The men got a one-out single in their last at-bat, but a double play ball ended the comeback attempt.

Marston was the big stick for the offense, batting 3-4 with three RBIs and two runs.  Nic Love (Bedford, Va./Staunton River) also had three hits, as the two combined for half of EMU’s 12 hits.  Kyle Mathews (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) had two singles and Patrick Love (Bedford, Va./Staunton River) scored twice.

Right-hander Cody Gibson (Charlottesville, Va./Fluvanna) started and was chased after 2.0+ innings.  He allowed five runs on four hits, falling to 1-1.  Jimmy Miller (Port Republic, Va./Spotswood) pitched well in relief, throwing three scoreless frames before wearing out in his fourth inning.  Four other relievers pitched as well.



uva basketball team of destiny

Team of Destiny: Inside UVA Basketball's improbable run

Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25.

The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Subscribe

Augusta Free Press content is available for free, as it has been since 2002, save for a disastrous one-month experiment at putting some content behind a pay wall back in 2009. (We won’t ever try that again. Almost killed us!) That said, it’s free to read, but it still costs us money to produce. The site is updated several times a day, every day, 365 days a year, 366 days on the leap year. (Stuff still happens on Christmas Day, is what we’re saying there.) AFP does well in drawing advertisers, but who couldn’t use an additional source of revenue? From time to time, readers ask us how they can support us, and we usually say, keep reading. Now we’re saying, you can drop us a few bucks, if you’re so inclined.

 


augusta free press
augusta free press
augusta free press news