Baseball News & Highlights
April 26, 2014
Eagles Split On Senior Day
The Eagles honored the careers of seven graduating seniors prior to Saturday's games: Dillon Schwartzer, Tyler Orr, Ben Melendez, Greg Lukasik, Andrew DiFerdinando, Lucas Bremerman and Barry Jost.
DiFerdinando extended his hitting streak to 10 games, going 1-for-3 in game one and 2-for-3 with a double in game two. DiFerdinando upped his season batting average to .423.
Junior Eric Rossi batted 3-for-6 in the doubleheader with a two-run home run in game one. Rossi has three home runs this season, tying him with DiFerdinando and Joe Grato for the team lead.
Eastern's starting pitchers each went the distance in their games, which is notable since no Eastern pitcher had thrown a complete game all season. Tom Gordon tossed seven innings in game one, but picked up the loss after allowing 12 hits, six runs (four earned) and one walk.
Austin Little earned the win in game two, scattering eight hits while striking out two batters and allowing two earned runs.
In game one, the Eagles took a 4-3 lead in the fourth on Rossi's two-run home run. However, Manhattanville tacked on a run in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to pull away from the Eagles.
In game two, Manhattanville hit a solo home run in the top of the first, but Eastern responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Grato had a big two-RBI single to left in the inning. Grato knocked in another run in the third inning with a double and was later batted in by a single by Andrew Boykin.
Dillon Schwartzer smacked an RBI-double to the fence in center field in the fourth inning and later scored on a sac fly by Andrew Check.
In the sixth, Check knocked in DiFerdinando with an RBI-double and then scored on a double by Orr. Boykin batted Orr in with another single to make it 11-1 Eastern.
Manhattanville scored a run on a groundout in the seventh, but Check put an end to the game with an all-out diving catch in center field.
While this series was originally supposed to be the last for the Eagles' season, they have added a game against Rutgers-Camden on Monday at 3:30 p.m. That game will be played in the Camden Riversharks minor league stadium.
Updated: Saturday, 26 April 2014