Baseball News & Highlights
March 27, 2014
Eagles Tie Game In 9th, Fall In Extras
Eastern head coach Jed Morris commented that it was to tough for the team to lose in this fashion after rallying to the tie the game in the ninth. Morris added that he had a good feeling the whole game and thought that this would be the Eagles' opportunity to pick up the win. The Eagles are currently stuck in a six-game slide.
Eastern starting pitcher Austin Little went 6.2 innings while striking out six Garnet batters. Little only allowed three hits and three walks and gave up three runs, all earned. Jordan Miller and Ryan Ellison each threw 1.1 innings in relief, but Ellison was tagged with the loss.
Both Eastern and Swarthmore picked up seven hits in the game and the Eagles committed just one error while Swarthmore committed three. Eastern's Tyler Orr had two base-knocks and Ryan McMenamin, Andrew Check, Eric Rossi, Joe Grato and Ryan Kehr each picked up a hit.
The Eagles picked up two runs in the top of the first. Rossi batted in Check with an RBI-double. Rossi however was gunned down trying to stretch the double into a triple. With two outs, Orr and Grato followed with singles and Joseph De Los Santos walked to load the bases. Kehr singled through the gap in-between first base and second base to score Orr. The Eagles, however, left three runners on base after Garnet pitcher Nathan Booth got Jake Bunjo to pop up to first base.
Marcus Sistrun led off in the top of the second, reached on a walk and went to third after two passed balls. Check batted Sistrun in with an RBI groundout to short to give Eastern the 3-0 lead.
Eastern picked up a hit in the third, but Swarthmore went to the bullpen in the fourth. Garnet relief pitcher Aiden Miller baffled the Eagles over the next 5.1 innings, striking out nine batters.
Meanwhile, the Garnet scored two in the fourth, and one in the seventh and eighth to take the 4-3 lead.
The Eagles put pinch hitter Tom Gordon and Sistrun on base in the top of the ninth with a walk and and an error. The error put Gordon and Sistrun in scoring position with one out. McMenamin, batting .315 for the season, picked up the Eagles' first and only hit off of Miller to score Gordon. Swarthmore head coach and former Eastern coach Matt Midkiff took the ball from Miller after the hit and went to the bullpen for Oscar Leong.
Leong got Dillon Schwartzer to pop out and then walked Eric Rossi to load the bases for Eastern's clean-up hitter, Tyler Orr. Orr, however, struck out to end the inning.
Eastern's Ryan Ellison put the Garnet down in order to get out of the bottom of the ninth, but the Eagles also went down 1-2-3 in the top of the tenth. Swarthmore's Danny McMahon batted in the game-winner in the bottom of the 10th with a single up the middle.
Eastern hosts conference opponent Misericordia University at 3:30 p.m. on Friday for the first game of that series. Misericordia started the season ranked in the top-25 nationally, but have since dropped out of top-25 consideration.
Updated: Thursday, 27 March 2014