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Making Royals baseball history: trio named to All-State team

Three’s company, and when it comes to Eastern Mennonite University’s all-state baseball selections, it’s also historic. A scrappy sophomore with a reliable bat was a key piece of that puzzle. Outfielder Joe Hall – a 5-foot-9, 170-pound Rustburg High School graduate ...More


Senior day sweep jumps EMU into fifth in ODAC

Showing they could play two very different games, EMU’s baseball team picked up a clutch ODAC sweep of Roanoke on Senior Day.  On the backs of defense and pitching, the Royals won the opener before out-scoring the Maroons in a wild nightcap. With the wins, Eastern Mennonite jumps from seventh in the conference standings into a tie for ...More


Safe at home: Royals baseball coach Ben Spotts makes local recruiting a key contributor to success

Eastern Mennonite University head baseball coach Ben Spotts has a simple recruiting philosophy: Do not lose local athletes to other Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) schools. That’s a tough goal, considering the proximity of three recruiting rivals in the Valley: Shenandoah University, ranked 11th in Division III ...More


Royals grab three wins in one day in Florida

The Royals baseball team finished their play at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational with a bang on Friday, winning three games in less than the span of 12 hours.  Eastern Mennonite won four of five in Florida, and returns home with an 11-5 record, just four wins from their win total from last spring. EMU 6, MCLA 5 The Royals opened with an afternoon game aga ...More


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


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


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


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