Baseball News & Highlights
April 05, 2014
Eagles End Slide After Split With Aggies
The Eagles split Saturday’s doubleheader, dropping the second game 11-7.
Eastern’s Eric Rossi knocked in three RBIs in each game and helped break open game one with a bases-loaded, 2-RBI single in the bottom of the fifth. The Eagles scored eight runs that inning to pull away from the Aggies.
Game one started off on the wrong foot for the Eagles after the Del Val Aggies posted five runs in the top of the first. The Eagles began to dig their way out of that hole in the bottom of the inning when Ryan McMenamin led off with a trip and was brought home by Andrew DiFerdinando’s single. A double by Andrew Check scored DiFerdinando, and then Rossi batted in Check to make it a 5-3 game.
After giving up five runs in the first inning, Eagles’ pitcher Lucas Bremerman settled in and pitched a scoreless second and third inning and allowed just one run in the fourth.
The Eagles picked up one more run in the second and then exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Eagles first three batters reached safely to load the bases. Joe Grato walked to send a run home, and then Rossi pounded his 2-RBI single. Dillon Schwartzer and Andrew DiFerdinando added RBI singles, Ryan McMenamin brought home a runner on a sac fly and Joe De Los Santos smacked a two-RBI double.
The Aggies picked up three runs in the top of the seventh to make it a 12-9 game, but Ryan Kehr came in with one out and earned the save, striking out the first batter he faced and getting the final Aggies’ batter to ground out to end the game.
The Eagles started the second game in similar fashion. After giving up two runs in the top of the first, the Eagles responded with McMenamin leading off with a base-hit and Andrew DiFerdinando bringing him home with a double. The Eagles then loaded the bases and Rossi emptied them with a double to the fence. Schwartzer and De Los Santos had RBI base-hits in the inning, and the Eagles had a solid 6-2 lead after one.
However, in the second inning, Eagles’ starter Korey McCormack ran into trouble. Del Val catcher Corey White cranked a grand slam over the fence in right field, giving the Aggies the lead at 7-6.
The Aggies stretched their lead to 11-7 after four innings. Eastern reliever Ben Melendez came in and tossed three shutout innings the rest of the game, allowing just one hit while striking out three. The Eagles couldn’t help him out offensively and couldn’t mount a comeback, batting 1-for-10 in the final three innings.
The Eagles conclude the series at Delaware Valley on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Updated: Monday, 29 November 1999