Baseball News & Highlights
April 27, 2013
Eagles Close Year with Split
The Eagles jumped out to an early lead with four runs in the top of the first. Ryan McMenamin started the action with a single through the right side. The sophomore third baseman moved to second on an Eric Rossi walk and the two players executed a double steal to move into scoring position for Tyler Orr. Orr walked and Greg DeSarro knocked home two runners with a single through the right side.
With those two RBIs, the senior catcher moved into second place on Eastern's career list. He would pick up an RBI later in the day to bring his final total to 92. DeSarro wraps up his career with a .368 average which is tied for fourth, and his 161 hits is the second most in program history. His 50 hits this season matches his 2012 total for the fourth most hits in a season.
Brandon Kenish and Dillon Schwartzer also picked up RBIs in the inning. The Eagles made it 5-0 in the top of the second on only one hit. McMenamin again started the rally on a bunt single. The Eastern sophomore has had a ridiculous final week of the season. Despite going 0-for-4 in the nightcap, he saw his average go up 56 points with an 11-hit week. He also made several run-saving plays in the field. McMenamin moved to second on a fly ball to right by Eric Rossi, and he took third on a wild pitch. He scored on the throw to first after a dropped third strike.
The five-run lead would be more than enough for Lucas Bremerman. The junior right-hander leveled his season record at 3-3 with his second complete game win of the year. Bremerman went six innings or more in seven of his nine appearances. Today, he allowed just two runs in the bottom half of the fifth. The Aggies had three of their seven hits in that inning.
The Eagles tacked on four more runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh for the final margin.
In game two, the Aggies broke open a 2-2 tie with four runs in the fifth off Eastern starter Austin Little. The sophomore left-hander went five innings against an all right-handed Aggie line-up. He gave up two runs and three hits in the first and then settled in to face the minimum in the second third and fourth innings.
Down 6-2, the Eagles rallied with three runs in the sixth and had the tying run on third when the inning ended. Brandon Kenish knocked in Angelo Kelly and scored on a triple and a throwing error. Joe Grato then doubled and made his way home on a pair of passed balls. Mark Royer singled and advanced to third before the inning ended.
The Eagles had one final rally fall short when Tyler Orr's line drive led to a double play in the seventh.
With the win in game one, the Eagles, who were picked eighth in the preseason poll, moved into sixth in the final standings. They end the year with a .500 record.
The four members of the senior class who have been here for four years have been part of the only three non-losing seasons since 1993. The two groups of seniors that graduated prior to their arrival had career records of 29-95 and 30-101. The group, that now has six, has laid the groundwork for the future with a 69-76-1 mark.
There is much to be optimistic about as the Eagles return several top position players and three pitchers who started games in league.
Updated: Saturday, 27 April 2013