Baseball News & Highlights
April 14, 2014
Eagles Triumph Over Monarchs
The Eagles won 7-3 on Monday in an all-around team effort. Every player in the lineup reached base at least once as the Eagles tallied 10 hits and six walks. Eagles starting pitcher Tom Gordon worked a no decision, throwing 6.2 solid innings. Gordon allowed eight hits and three runs (all three runs came in the sixth inning; one was earned), walked one and struck out five. Ryan Kehr then came in and pitched the last 2.1 innings and earning the win, his first collegiate decision. Kehr struck out two batters while walking none and only giving up one hit.
Eric Rossi and Dillon Schwartzer each homered, but Schwartzer went about his the long way, sprinting around the bases for an inside the park home run.
The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second with Schwartzer’s solo home run. With two outs, Schwartzer slammed the first pitch of the at-bat off the top of the fence in left field. The ball then caromed off the new scoreboard and remained in play. Schwartzer chugged around the base path and crossed home plate on his feet for his second collegiate home run. Schwartzer finished the day 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
In the fifth inning, Rossi took the more conventional home run route, going deep to right field on a 3-2 pitch for his second home run this season. Rossi’s two-RBI home run put Eastern ahead 3-0.
The Monarchs responded with three runs in the top of the sixth. Eagles’ pitcher Gordon seemed to be in a jam, but got out of it with two uncommon outs: a ground ball hit a King’s player on his way to second base resulting in an out for runner’s interference and then for the third out of the inning, Gordon threw a pitchout and catcher Eric Rossi chased down the runner at third.
With the game tied at 3-3 in the seventh, the Eagles utilized “small-ball” to take the lead. After Schwartzer wore the first pitch of the inning, he stole second and was moved over to third on a bunt by Andrew Check. Tyler Orr brought Schwartzer home with a sac fly to deep center. Orr went 0-for-2 at the plate, but had the go-ahead RBI and walked three times.
The Eagles pulled away with three runs in the bottom of the eighth. Pinch hitter Zach DeSee had an RBI-single right down the right field line to score Ryan McMenamin. Joe Grato scored on the throw into the infield and slid home safely in a close play at the plate. Grato had been gunned down at the plate earlier in the game. The next batter, Joseph De Los Santos, ripped a pitch up the middle to score DeSee from second and give Eastern a 7-3 lead.
Kehr retired the Monarchs in order in the top of the ninth to give the Eagles the win.
Eastern plays its next contest on Wednesday at Arcadia University.
Updated: Tuesday, 15 April 2014