Tuesday’s home game against Bridgewater College drew a large number of supporters for the EMU Baseball team.
The Royals entered the much anticipated game against their cross-county rivals ranked third in the nation in hits, tallying 331 in 27 games.
They managed another 11 hits in Tuesday’s game; but unfortunately, EMU’s men came up short for the final result as they ultimately fell to the Eagles.
The Royals started off very promising in the first inning.
First-Year Chris Rodriguez led off for EMU with a single, and he later scored off of an RBI hit by First-Year Justin Rodriguez.
Rodriguez’s score gave the Royals their 1-0 lead at the end of the first inning.
Unfortunately, EMU’s men were not able to hold that lead for very long.
Bridgewater notched four runs in the second inning and added another run in the top of the third to make the score 5-1.
But the Royals retaliated in the bottom of the third with an RBI homer by J. Rodriguez, making the score 5-3 heading into the fourth.
The game appeared to remain in reach until the top of the fifth.
In spite of two pitching changes by the Royals, Bridgewater ran away with the game as they scored six runs and added two more in the sixth.
EMU went on to plate an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth, but were unable to make up for the deficit as the game finished with a score of 5-13.
The Royals pitched twice the number of strikeouts as the Eagles, but offensively EMU’s men simply came up short. Bridgewater out hit the Royals with a total of 16 hits to 11.
Despite this, however, it must be said that the Royals had solid offensive performances by several individuals.
C. Rodriguez, J. Rodriguez, and Sophomore Jonathan Estrada –– interestingly the three members of the team who come from Florida –– combined for eight of EMU’s eleven hits.
Estrada claimed two hits while C. Rodriguez and J. Rodriguez had three hits each. They were also the only players from EMU with extra base hits.
J. Rodriguez’s powerful hitting was rewarded as he obtained four of the team’s five RBIs.
The other run for the Royals came from Senior Dylan Smith’s unearned in the sixth.
Tuesday’s loss marked the end of the baseball team’s three-game winning streak.
In their three wins from last week, the Royals notched a total