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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

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Royals Place 61 Student-Athletes On All-Academic Team

The Old Dominion Athletic Conference has announced its All-Academic Team for the 2011-12 season, and Eastern Mennonite University saw an increase to 61 student-athletes earning a spot.  Last year 53 Royals were named to the team. Each of EMU’s sports was represented on the ODAC All-Academic Team except for men’s volleyball, which competes in the Continental Volleyball Conference.  ...More

Ben Spotts Named Head Baseball Coach at EMU

Ben Spotts Named Head Baseball Coach at EMU

EMU has announced the hiring of Ben Spotts as head baseball coach.  The Royals didn’t have to look too far… Spotts has spent the past 14 years as assistant baseball coach at Bridgewater College, just down the Route 42 corridor. He will become the tenth head baseball coach at EMU when he begins July 1, replacing interim ...More

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Banglesdorf, Rodriguez Named All-Region

After an incredible offensive season, D3baseball.com has recognized a pair of EMU baseball players to the All-South Region Team.  Beau Banglesdorf (Stafford, VA/Mountain View) earned a spot on the All-Region First Team and ...More

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EMU Wraps Up Athletic Year With Honors Banquet

Eastern Mennonite University held its Athletic Honors Banquet on April 17 in a time of reflecting upon and honoring the journeys of the Royals’ student-athletes.  Seniors Andy Richter (Perkasie, PA/Christopher Dock) and Marla Young (Fishersville, VA/Wilson Memorial) won the President’s Awards, the highest athletic award given out by EMU. ...More

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Miami Kids Give EMU Life

Courtesy Daily News Record, April 9, 2012 Justin and Chris Rodriguez get it all the time: “Are you guy’s brothers?” Naturally, two Miami kids with the same last name and the same Cuban heritage who played at the same high school and are now on the same college baseball team more than 1,000 miles away from home must be related. Nope. But they do have th ...More

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Royals Explode For 17 Runs, Defeat SVU

How do you break a losing skid during which you averaged a respectable five runs per game?  Scoring 17 times should do the trick.  Eastern Mennonite did that Thursday, taking over with an eight-run sixth inning en route to a 17-13 victory over Southern Virginia. The Royals committed three errors in the top of the second and fell behind their visitors 8-2.  Despite the early deficit, t ...More

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EMU Baseball Sweeps Southern Vermont

A day after combining for 50 runs over 16 innings, it looked like EMU and Southern Vermont would settle into a low-scoring affair.  Then the seventh inning happened as the two teams put up nine runs.  The Royals held the edge again on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep of SVC with a 12-9 win. Each team brought in a solo run in the first, with ...More

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Baseball Royals Earn Split to Open Season

The Eastern Mennonite baseball team opened the 2012 season Saturday, playing a doubleheader at North Carolina Wesleyan in Rocky Mount, NC.  Despite temperatures in the low 50s, cloudy skies and a blustery wind made for a chilly day. The men had a successful start, capped by a 9-1 outburst to earn a split. NC Wesleyan 5, EMU 2 In game one, the Royals jumped on the ...More

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Royals Night Celebrates Athletics

Once a year, Eastern Mennonite University gets all of its student-athletes together in one place.  Royals Night, as it is called, was on August 31 this year, as this year’s Royals and Lady Royals got an introduction for what it means to be a student-athlete at EMU. Athletic Director Dave King led the evening. “This has become a tradition that helps us get th ...More