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Baseball News & Highlights

March 22, 2014

Rossi, Grato Homer In Eagles' Loss

Eastern University first baseman Joe Grato.

Joe Grato went 1-for-2 with a home run and three walks. Grato is batting at a .355 clip and has a .613 slugging percentage and .436 on-base percentage.

ST. DAVIDS, Pa.--Eric Rossi and Joe Grato each homered in Saturday afternoon's game against the FDU-Florham Devils, but Eastern Baseball was unable to hold off the Devils, losing 12-5.

The Devils distanced themselves from the Eagles with a six-run fifth inning.

Rossi, after striking out in his first at-bat, picked up a hit in his next three at-bats to finish 3-for-4. Rossi crushed his home run in the eighth inning, a solo shot to deep center.

Joe Grato hit a solo inside-the-park home run to lead off the fourth inning, smashing a line drive off the fence in left center. Grato finished 1-for-2 with three walks, upping his on-base percentage to .436 for the season.

Ryan McMenamin and Andrew Boykin each had a multi-hit game for the Eagles, going 2-for-4 at the plate. Eagles head coach Jed Morris commented after the game that Boykin, who made his first start as an Eagle, has been having a really good approach at the plate, taking quality at-bats.

Eastern trailed 3-0 going into the fourth, but put two runs on the board in the bottom of the inning. Grato led off the inning with his homer and then Joseph De Los Santos smacked a double to right field, advanced on a wild pitch and scored after an RBI-groundout by Andrew DiFerdinando.

Eric Rossi scored from third on a groundout in the fifth to tie the game at 3-3. However, in the top of the sixth, the Devils led off with a home run and batted around against Eagles starter Lucas Bremerman and relief pitcher Austin Little. The Eagles couldn't recover after that big inning.

The Eagles were only out-hit 13-10, but helped FDU-Florham out with five errors--tied for a season-high.

The Eagles wrap up the series at FDU-Florham at 1 p.m. on Sunday with a doubleheader.

Box Score



Updated: Monday, 29 November 1999


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