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Baseball, Softball Garner All-ODAC Awards

The Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) baseball and softball teams combined for eight all-conference awards following the 2013 season. Softball Senior Courtney Allman (Mt. Solon, VA/Fort Defiance) leaves with her first-ever All-ODAC First Team honor, a ...More

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EMU Alum Erik Kratz Is Catching a Dream

Erik Kratz, a 2002 Eastern Mennonite University graduate, went from taking pictures for fans to being the subject of their pictures during a roller-coaster 2012 Major League Baseball season with the Philadelphia Phillies. Spring training for the 2013 season began in February and fans believe Kratz is poised for a stellar season as starting catcher. “It’s an honor to make the ...More

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Royals Take Two From Hampden-Sydney On The Road

The Eastern Mennonite baseball team earned an impressive sweep on the road Saturday, taking down Hampden-Sydney College (HSC) by a combined total score of 15-3.  The Royals used just two pitchers in the twinbill, as each starter threw all nine innings. EMU 8, Hampden-Sydney 3 The Royals scored the first run of the game in the top of the second, but HSC answered w ...More

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Royals Earn Sweep, Move to 11-8

The Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) baseball men are now riding a three-game winning streak after taking a sweep from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Friday to wrap up play at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. The Royals went 3-2 in Florida and return home with a record of 11-8, tying their win total from each of the previous three seasons with 21 games still to go in the ...More

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Baseball Sweeps Mount Saint Vincent, Improve to 7-5

EMU’s baseball men are now 7-5 after a pair of doubleheader sweeps over the weekend in Harrisonburg.  The Royals powered past Mount Saint Vincent on Sunday, plating 25 runs in two, seven-inning games. EMU 9, Mount Saint Vincent 1 The men pounded out 13 hits in the opener and jumped ahead in the bottom of the first when ...More

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Athletics Department Announces Fall All-Academic Team

Eastern Mennonite University’s athletics department has named 90 student-athletes to its inaugural Royals All-Academic Team. Each of the honorees has achieved a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.25 at the end of the fall semester. The Royals all-academic team honors student-athletes who have successfully balanced the athletic and academic demands by achieving at le ...More

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Baseball Working Hard to Build a Championship Program

As what usually happens with a coaching change, EMU’s first-year skipper, Ben Spotts, is starting at the ground floor.  Spotts is taking a Royals program which hasn’t had a winning season since 2002, using the good pieces already in place, and implementing his style. “(I expect) a team that is fundamental in what we do, competes every time out no matter who we are play ...More

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EMU Alum Kratz Hitting Everything But “Rock-Bottom”

Erik Kratz doesn’t like the phrase, “rock-bottom.” He finds it demoralizing – even morbid – and it implies that, as he put it, that he’s been “down and out.” But he’s never truly felt that way. Not even through 10 years of toiling in the minor leagues, often getting told – either through speech or through his lack of movement up the ladder – that he wasn’t good enough. H ...More

Two EMU Alum Honored By Christopher Dock Mennonite High School

A pair of former Eastern Mennonite University athletes will be honored by their high school alma mater this fall, field hockey player Liza Heavener and baseball player Erik Kratz. Both former Royals are originally from Telford, PA, and graduates of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School.  They have been named the sch ...More

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Kratz Living the Big League Dream

Erik Kratz, a 2002 Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) graduate, has stepped up when the Philadelphia Phillies have needed him most. Kratz has filled in for starting catcher Carlos Ruiz and went 3-for-6 with a double and his fourth home run of the season over the weekend (Aug. 4-5). With Ruiz out as much as six weeks, Kratz could see increased playing time. “I’ve just b ...More