LEXINGTON, Va. — Eastern Mennonite scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning en route to an 8-3 victory over the Washington and Lee baseball team on Friday at Cap'n Dick Smith.
The two teams were tied, 2-2, entering the sixth. The Royals (10-10, 1-4 ODAC) first three batters reached safely to force the Generals' (7-12, 0-5 ODAC) starter, first-year Mason Shuffler (Lafayette, La./Episcopal School of Acadiana), out of the game. First-year Nate Cohen (Atlanta, Ga./North Springs) came out of the pen to attempt to get out of the jam, but first-year third baseman Brett Lindsay broke the tie (4-2) with a two-run single to left center.
Following a sacrifice bunt, first-year designated hitter Corey Willis singled to center to bring another run across the plate, and then senior first baseman Adam Marston lifted a sacrifice fly to right. First-year center fielder Jaylon Lee capped the rally with a RBI single to left to push the lead to 7-2.
W&L's best chance to get back in the game came in the eighth inning with EMU holding an 8-2 lead. With two outs, the Generals loaded the bases, and then sophomore catcher Bryce Burnette (Hurt, Va./Gretna) drew a walk to bring the Blue and White to within five, 8-3. The Royals brought in sophomore pitcher John Judy out of the pen, and he struck out the first batter he faced to end the threat.
Junior pitcher Tyler Campbell started for EMU and earned the victory to improve to 1-2. He allowed two runs on six hits in 7.0 innings with eight strikeouts. Shuffler suffered the loss for W&L to fall to 0-3. He gave up five runs on three hits and three walks in 5.0 innings.
Junior first baseman Zach Loewenberg (Baltimore, Md./Friends School of Baltimore), senior third baseman Paul Diven (Sparrows Point, Md./Archbishop Spalding) and senior right fielder Robey Smalley (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Tuscaloosa Academy) each had two hits to lead the Generals.
Senior shortstop Damon Frazier paced the Royals' offense. He went 3-for-4 with three RBI, three runs and two home runs.
The Generals next play a doubleheader at Lynchburg on Saturday. The start of the first game has been moved up to 10:00 am due to the threat of poor weather later in the day.
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