After moving to the top seed in the University Athletic Association (UAA) conference last week, the Emory baseball team fell to No. 16-ranked Washington University Bears in St. Louis (WashU) (Mo.) in all four games of their series. The sweep dropped the team to second in the conference.

Emory lost their first game against WashU 8-1. Emory’s only run came in the eighth inning off the bat of senior infielder Bubby Terp, who singled to right field and brought in junior infielder Ryan Adelman. The loss went to junior pitcher Richard Brereton, who fell to 2-1 after allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks in four innings.

The series continued with a doubleheader on April 20. The Eagles kept the first game close, but ultimately fell to the Bears 3-2. WashU had a 2-1 lead heading into the top of the eighth inning when sophomore outfielder Jack Rubenstein hit an RBI single to tie the game. Rubenstein and Brereton combined for six of the team’s 10 hits. Unlike the previous game,  the Eagles put 11 runners on base but were ultimately unable to capitalize on these opportunities. Sophomore pitcher Jack Moore received the no-decision after allowing two earned runs, three hits, four walks and striking out four in seven innings. The loss goes to freshman pitcher Jack Brodsky, who fell to 6-3.

After losing the second game of the series, the Eagles needed to win the rest of the series to keep their UAA Championship dreams alive. Unfortunately, Emory lost the second game of the doubleheader 7-2 after allowing six unanswered runs early in the game. The Eagles were held scoreless for six frames before breaking through with two runs in the seventh after an RBI double from Terp and a sacrifice fly by senior catcher Eric Terry. Terp had another strong game, hitting a pair of doubles, driving in an RBI and scoring one run. Junior pitcher James Robertson was dealt the loss after he allowed six runs on six hits in 3.2 innings.

The final game of the series was a close matchup. Emory scored first on a WashU defensive error, but the Bears soon took the lead again after scoring two in the bottom of the first. Rubenstein tied the game at two with an RBI single in the third to plate Brereton. WashU broke the tie in the sixth with two RBI doubles. Terp brought the Eagles within one after he nailed a solo home run to center field, but that was not until the top of the eighth inning.The Bears were able to score an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth and hold the Eagles scoreless through the ninth to end the game 5-3. Freshman pitcher Bryant Wise earned the no-decision. Wise allowed the two runs in the first inning but settled in and pitched four more scoreless innings. The loss goes to freshman pitcher Joey Bock, who fell to 4-3.

Rubenstein and the team were upset with the loss but have high hopes for the future.

“The weekend at WashU was extremely disappointing,” Rubenstein said. “While we can no longer make regionals this year, we hope to finish the season on a high note at NYU and take that success into next year, which appears to be very bright.”

The Eagles will play their final series of the regular season away against New York University starting on April 26.

The Emory baseball team moved into first place in the University Athletic Association (UAA) after winning three out of four games in their series against UAA opponent Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) over the weekend of April 13. The team advanced to 18-12 on the year, with a 7-1 record in the UAA. For their effort in the games, senior infielder Bubby Terp and freshman pitcher Jack Brodsky were named the UAA Athletes of the Week. The Eagles then moved on to face Oglethorpe University (Ga.) on April 16, where they won the game 17-7.

Before the Eagles could take on Case Western, they first faced Oglethorpe University (Ga.) in a game that was rescheduled for April 10. Emory took advantage of a school-record 19 walks to defeat Oglethorpe 13-1. The Eagles set the previous record of 16 walks in 2010 against Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) (Mo.). Apart from the record, Emory had more impressive offensive showings. Junior infielder Richard Brereton had three walks, was one-for-one and scored one run. Senior catcher Eric Terry went two-for-two and had an RBI single to contribute to a five-run fifth inning. Finally, senior infielder Bubby Terp drove in four runs on two hits to help his team earn eight runs in the first five innings. On the mound, the Eagles held Oglethorpe to just one run, which they scored in the eighth inning. The win went to freshman pitcher Bryant Wise, his first of the season, after he pitched into the sixth inning. Wise did not allow a single run, had four strikeouts and only allowed three hits and four walks.

Head Coach of twenty years Mike Twardoski knew the importance of winning their series against Case Western.

“They’re a very good team. We knew we had to play well to beat them,” Twardoski said. “We lost the first game, and we could have folded. If we lost any of the other games we wouldn’t have had a shot at winning the conference. We played with a lot of grit and a lot of confidence. It was just a great series.”

On April 12, the Eagles played their first game against Case Western, the only game of the series they would lose. The Spartans held Emory’s normally high-scoring offense to only one run and five hits. Freshman infielder Zeke Diamond scored the Eagles’ only run off of junior infielder Ryan Adelman’s sixth-inning double. The loss went to junior pitcher James Robertson after he allowed three runs and seven hits in 5.1 innings.

It took until the bottom of the sixth inning in the second game of the day for Emory to break through Case Western’s defense. The Spartans had a 2-0 lead when the Eagles heated up at the plate and scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead. The Eagles then scored four runs in the seventh with the help of Brereton and Diamond, who each had an RBI single. Although Case Western tied the game up after scoring a run in the seventh and four runs in the eighth, sophomore infielder Jacob Singer scored the winning run off of a defensive miscue. Freshman pitcher Jack Brodsky collected his fifth win this season for his relief pitching in the ninth inning to seal the 8-7 win.

The Eagles continued the series with another doubleheader against Case Western on April 13, the same day as Emory’s Senior Day. Before the game, Emory honored their nine-member senior class for their last home appearance of the regular season.

Junior catcher Jacob Greene stressed how much the senior class has meant to him.

“Our seniors have shaped this team and the lives of those around it for the better,” Greene said. “We are so proud to share the field with them.”

Sophomore pitcher Jack Moore allowed three runs in the first but refocused to shut out Case Western for the rest of the game. Moore only let up seven hits and one walk and struck out two. Emory ended the game in the seventh inning after scoring 13 unanswered runs throughout the game. Brereton and Greene combined for seven RBIs while Terp and sophomore outfielder Michael Edelman each had 2 RBIs. Terp’s two-run double secured the 13-3 win.

In the final game of the series, Emory rallied in the bottom of the fifth inning to take the lead after a 5-1 deficit. Back-to-back doubles by Greene and Terry helped the Eagles score five runs. Case Western tied it up in the top of the sixth, but the Eagles responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Diamond scored an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth off a hit by Terp. Diamond had a team-high three runs while Terp had four RBIs in the 10-6 win over Case Western, which put Emory on top of their conference, closely followed by WashU (8-2).

Greene knew how important this series was for the team.

“This weekend’s series was a must-win, so we were happy that we could deliver and claim the top spot in the UAA,” Greene noted.

The Eagles dominated in their second game against Oglethorpe this week. Emory hit two home runs: a three-run homer from Brereton in the top of the second and another three-run homer from Greene in the top of the fifth.

The Eagles will play a crucial series away against conference rival WashU starting April 19.

Nationals fans, I think you should grab the tissues.

Baseball season has begun, and as a die-hard Philadelphia sports fan, it is my duty to remind you that after years of your baseball team being given high expectations and gloriously failing to meet them, the team’s star player decided that his time in  Washington, D.C. had come to a close, and so he left for a greener pasture.

That pasture? Philadelphia. That star? None other than the most profitable player in all of Major League Baseball and the 2015 National League MVP, Bryce Harper.

After over 100 days as a free agent, the 26-year-old Harper signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on March 2. Many people, myself included, worry about the sheer magnitude of his contract, which was the largest in North American sports history for about two weeks, until Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout signed a 12-year, $430 million extension.

Could the size of the contract affect Harper’s play for the worse? We’ve seen it with other athletes after they cash out, namely Albert Pujols of the Angels and Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees. If he failed to play up to his price, Harper would essentially become a walking bag of cash that provides no use to the ball club.

Others worried that Harper wouldn’t be able to handle the pressure of playing in Philadelphia.

As a native of the Philadelphia area, there was definitely some thought of Harper not being equipped to handle the intensity of Philly fans. Visiting athletes see playing in Philadelphia like playing in a foreign country. Just ask New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

“Philly, it takes a little while to get used to it,” Manning said in an interview with 247Sports. “It takes a little while to get used to in Philly because you’re not used to seeing a 9-year-old cursing at you and talking about my mom and stuff.”

Sometimes even our own players grow to dislike Philly, but the blame isn’t on the fans. We’ve run athletes out of the city before, like Jonathan Papelbon and Byron Maxwell. If a player doesn’t give 100 percent every day, like the aforementioned Papelbon and Maxwell, they will never earn the respect of  Philly fans. That’s just the way it is. Outsiders think we’re extreme. They’ve even likened us to gang members, but in reality, we just want our teams to be the best that they can be. If that means booing our own players because they’re not trying hard enough, then so be it.

Facing an immense challenge, Harper did earn that respect in his introductory press conference, where he embraced the city of Philadelphia more than any other athlete I have ever seen. He promised to help bring the Phillies their first World Series since 2008 and talked about his decision to wear No. 3 on his jersey instead of No. 34, which he wore during his time with the Nationals. The gesture is a nod to the late Roy Halladay, who wore 34 while he pitched for the Phillies from 2010-13. Halladay passed away in a plane crash in 2017, a tragedy that was felt throughout Philadelphia.

Despite everything he said, Harper still had to prove that he was worth his contract after batting a disappointing .249 last season.

And so far, he has.

After going hitless in the first game of the season against the Atlanta Braves, Harper launched a 465-foot home run into the second deck in Citizens Bank Park in the next game against Atlanta. He followed that home run up with two more in the next two games, one more against Atlanta and one against the Nationals in his first game in D.C. after joining the Phillies.

Harper was met with a wave of boos from Nationals faithful in his first plate appearance, during which he struck out. Shortly after he was retired, Nationals fans showed their true colors and began to trickle out of the stadium every passing inning. It was clear that Harper occupied a tremendous amount of real estate in their heads, free of charge. They also showed that they are unwilling to see their team through the natural periods of success and failure that come with professional sports. They’d rather focus on booing an opposing player than cheering on their own team.

But none of this applies to Philly fans.

In the eighth inning, with Philly cheers drowning out the boos coming from Nationals fans, Harper hit a shot into the right-center field off of former teammate Jeremy Hellickson in the eighth inning, flipping his bat into the sky and silencing the few Nationals fans left in the stadium.

The Nationals fan base no doubt feels a lot of resentment toward their former No. 1 overall pick, but they should really start putting the blame on their front office. Before the 2018 season ended, the Nationals offered Harper a 10-year, $300 million contract, which he declined. Despite the $300 million price tag, the contract was legitimately not enough for a player of Harper’s status. It would have deferred a portion of the contract to be paid at a later time. Harper, who went into free agency hoping to secure the largest contract of all time, was not pleased.

To make matters worse, the Nationals offered Harper a second contract: 12 years, $250 million, with over half of the money being deferred until 2072. The real value of the contract, according to Harper’s agent Scott Boras, would have been just $107 million.

If the Nationals really wanted to keep Harper, who was always interested in returning, they wouldn’t have insulted him with that contract. It’s ridiculous that he wouldn’t have received the majority of the money until he’d be in a retirement home. But sometimes, you can’t fix stupid front office decisions.

The Nationals could be dominating the National League East right now with a stacked pitching rotation, solid positional players and, of course, Harper. But after years of disappointing postseason play, maybe they decided that they would rather let their best player walk, not make the playoffs and avoid the disappointment altogether.

Meanwhile, my Phillies are on a roll and their offense is a nightmare for opposing pitchers. Pretty soon, we’ll be so far in first place that the Nationals will look like a dot all the way down at the bottom of the division.

Get used to the cellar, Nats fans.

The Emory baseball team faced off against NCAA Division III No. 17 Huntingdon College (Ala.) in a three-game series, which the Eagles won 2-1. Emory lost the first game but came back to win the second game by the mercy rule and the third game on a walk-off.

The Eagles started the series against Huntingdon with an 8-4 loss. Huntingdon scored first with two runs in the bottom of the third. Senior infielder Bubby Terp stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning and hammered out a solo home run to open the scoring for the Eagles. Emory scored two more runs — one in the fifth and one in the sixth — to take the lead. Huntingdon managed to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, but Emory soon took the lead again when senior infielder NJ Kim stole third base and made it to home off of an ill-fated throw by Huntingdon’s catcher in the seventh. This was the final run Emory would score, and Huntingdon ended the game with five unanswered runs in the seventh and eighth innings to defeat the Eagles 8-4. The loss goes to freshman pitcher Jack Brodsky, who fell to 4-2 on the season.

Junior pitcher Richard Brereton said the loss fired them up for the following two games.

“This weekend was huge for us,” Brereton said. “Although we didn’t get the win on Friday, we played a really competitive game, and [it] gave us great momentum for Saturday and Sunday.”

In the second game of the series, the Eagles won by the mercy rule for the fourth time in seven games. Offensively, freshman infielder Zeke Diamond extended his team-high hitting streak to nine games with a three-hit game. He also drove in three runs, scored twice and stole a base. Junior catcher Jacob Greene put his mark on the game by hitting two home runs, one of which was a grand slam in the top of the third inning. Greene went a perfect three-for-three at the plate and crossed home three times. Brereton had a dominant performance both offensively and defensively, going four-for-five at the plate with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored. Defensively, he threw five scoreless innings, striking out three and allowing only three hits to just one walk. Brereton earned the win and moved to 2-0 on the season.

Greene thought Brereton’s performance was game-changing

“It was great to have Rich back on the mound to sure up our weekend pitching rotation,” Greene said. “We feel great offensively and defensively.”

With the series tied going into the final game, both teams came out ready to fight. The Eagles scored twice in the first inning off of RBIs by Brereton and Terp, but neither team was able to score again until the seventh inning. Sophomore pitcher Jack Moore’s impressive pitching performance held Huntingdon to just one run though seven innings. He struck out five batters and allowed only six hits and three walks. After Huntingdon cut the lead to one in the top of the seventh, Emory scored twice in the bottom when junior infielder Ryan Adelman ran home after a wild pitch and Diamond stole home as part of a double steal. In the eighth inning, Huntingdon again cut the lead to one, but Emory scored once more to bring the lead back up to two. In the top of the ninth, Huntingdon scored twice to tie the game up before heading into the final half inning. Due to Huntingdon’s defensive errors, the Eagles put two players on base before Brereton was intentionally walked to fill the bases. Junior infielder Christopher Stern stepped up to the plate and delivered a walk-off to left field which brought in the winning run.

Although Brereton was proud of his team, he acknowledged that there is still work to do.

“We’re confident with where we’re at but not satisfied,” Brereton said. “We are looking forward to our midweek game [against Oglethorpe] on Tuesday, and then we’ll set our sights on a huge conference series against Case Western next weekend.”

The game against Oglethorpe was rescheduled to Wednesday due to inclement weather. The Eagles will face Case Western Reserve University (Ohio), a University Athletic Association foe, in their next game on April 12 at Chappell Park.

After coming off a loss to No. 17-ranked Piedmont College (Ga.), the Emory baseball team dominated their series against Brandeis University (Mass.) last weekend, handily winning all four games. Three of the four games did not go the full nine innings because of the 10-run mercy rule. Emory now leads the University Athletic Association with a record of 4-0.

Emory had a promising start against Piedmont, but multiple defensive errors led to their downfall. The Eagles took the lead in the bottom of the first after scoring one run. Piedmont then scored six unanswered runs, including a four-run inning in the top of the sixth, to put the game out of reach. The loss can  be partly attributed to the five errors made by Emory, three of which came in the sixth inning. The Eagles managed to score another run in the bottom of the ninth off a double from junior infielder Ryan Adelman, who brought in senior infielder Bubby Terp. The game ended soon after with a final score of 6-2. Despite the loss, Terp put in a strong performance, going 3-for-5 at the plate with one RBI and a run scored.

Due to Adelman’s performance in this game and the series against Brandeis, he was named University Athletic Association’s Co-Hitter of the week.

Emory bounced back in their four-game series against Brandeis. Sophomore outfielder Jack Rubenstein believes that the Eagles finally clicked in this series.

“This past weekend was the first time in weeks that we finally flushed our recent struggles and played the way Emory baseball is supposed to play,” Rubenstein said.

Emory won the first game 11-1 in the seventh inning by virtue of the mercy rule. The win went to sophomore pitcher Jack Moore, who held Brandeis to no hits in the first six innings of the game. In total, he allowed only one run off of three hits, gave up four walks and struck out six batters. Terp, senior outfielder Jackson Grayson and junior outfielder Richard Brereton combined for seven of the team’s 12 hits. Senior outfielder Michael Wilson hit the game-ending two-RBI single to right field. When the ball scooted under the defender’s glove, Grayson and senior catcher Eric Terry were able to score.

Emory and Brandeis then played a doubleheader on March 30. Both games were high-scoring affairs, but Emory won them easily. The Eagles took the first game 13-8. Brandeis started off by bringing in two runs in the top of the second, but the Eagles turned the game on its head by scoring eight runs later in the inning. Down by six, Brandeis faced an uphill battle and could not catch up as the Eagles continued to bring in runs. Sophomore infielder Jacob Singer had a strong showing with three runs in a three-hit game. Both Brereton and freshman infielder Zeke Diamond had three hits and together secured two runs. Singer, Brereton and Diamond combined for half of the team’s 18 hits. This was the only game the Eagles would play against Brandeis that would last the full nine innings.

The second half of the doubleheader went only eight innings, with Emory winning 16-6. The Eagles scored six in the first two innings before Brandeis put one on the board in the third. At the top of the seventh, Brandeis brought in two runs to make the score 11-6. However, Emory came out and scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth to put the game away. The final five runs came off hits from Brereton, junior infielder Christopher Stern and sophomore outfielder Michael Edelman. Rubenstein had a stellar performance, going 4-for-5 at the plate with two RBIs, two stolen bases and three runs. Brereton also recorded his third straight three-hit game and drove in three runs.

In the final game of the series, the Eagles showed their resilience. Emory found themselves down 7-2 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, only for the team to score 15 unanswered runs. Nine different Eagles plated runs. Diamond drove in a career-high four runs, and Rubenstein recorded his second four-hit outing, adding one RBI and three runs. Terry put an exclamation point on the win by nailing a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning. Sophomore outfielder Drew Bartholow finished the game by hitting in the 17th run shortly after Terry’s homer.

Terry was excited about the win and noted that his team is now prepared to face their future opponents.

“We were really happy to sweep Brandeis,” Terry said.  “It was the momentum we needed before facing—and beating—Birmingham Southern on Tuesday.”

The Eagles beat Birmingham Southern (Ala.) on April 2 by a score of  7-3. Brereton collected his fourth three-hit game out of the last five contests before returning to the mound to get the last two outs on defense. Freshman pitcher Bryant Wise pitched a career best 4.2 innings, allowing only two runs off three hits and three walks while striking out two batters.

The Eagles hope to continue their winning streak when they travel to  Huntingdon College (Ala.) on April 5.

While students spent spring break relaxing, Emory’s baseball team traveled to Oglethorpe University (Ga.), Birmingham-Southern College (Ala.) and LaGrange College (Ga.) and lost all three games, extending their losing streak to four. They then returned home to face Middlebury College (Vt.) in a doubleheader on March 16, in which they lost both games. The Eagles turned it around when they played Middlebury again on March 17 and dominated by 8-2.

The Eagles were 6-3 heading into this stretch of six games, but the losing streak cost them their winning record. The team now sits at 7-8.

Emory faced off against Oglethorpe heading into spring break on March 6. Oglethorpe struck first with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Both teams failed to score again until the top of the fifth, when Emory junior infielder Ryan Adelman scored the Eagles’ first run off of an RBI single. However, Oglethorpe quickly responded in the bottom of the fifth by putting up four runs to make the score 5-1. Although the Eagles cut the deficit down to two in the top of the sixth inning thanks to back-to-back RBI hits from Adelman and freshman infielder Zeke Diamond, Oglethorpe scored one more run in the seventh inning to win the game 6-3.

Adelman and Diamond combined for six of Emory’s seven hits, with Adelman going four-for-four at the plate. Although these two put in stellar performances, the Eagles could not pull off the win.

Junior catcher Jacob Greene, despite the loss, is ready to face Oglethorpe again.

“At the end of the day Oglethorpe came out ready to play and they beat us,” Greene said. “I can tell you we definitely look forward to having them come to Chappell park in April.”

After the loss, the Eagles traveled to Alabama to play No. 23-ranked Birmingham-Southern, a game they lost 8-4. Emory took the lead in the top of the second after an RBI single by senior catcher Eric Terry, which got senior infielder Bubby Terp to home plate. This was the only lead Emory would have in the game as Birmingham-Southern then scored four runs in the bottom of the second.

Although Birmingham-Southern led the entire game, Emory threatened a comeback in the top of the ninth. Trailing 8-3, the Eagles managed to load the bases. Sophomore outfielder Jack Rubenstein — who hit his first career home run earlier in the game — scored Adelman after being hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded and the tying run at bat, senior infielder Thomas Baumgartner grounded into a fielder’s choice for the final out of the game.

The Eagles completed their road trip on March 13 with a lengthy 15-inning, 1-0 loss to LaGrange. The pitchers of both teams controlled the game with impressive performances. Junior pitcher James Robertson totaled a season-high nine strikeouts, and allowed only five hits and three walks in 7.2 scoreless innings. Freshman pitcher Joey Bock followed Robertson, striking out two batters and allowing only two hits in three innings. Finally, freshman pitcher Jack Brodsky stepped up to the mound, striking out a career-high six batters in 3.2 innings. In the 13th inning, Brodsky impressively outpitched a bases-loaded, no-outs situation to keep the score tied 0-0. Unfortunately, he collected his first loss of the season after giving up the only run of the game in the 15th inning.

Rubenstein was frustrated by the outcome of the games but said he still has confidence in his team.

“Our performance over spring break was extremely disappointing as a whole,” Rubenstein said. “But we know that we are one of the most talented teams in the country. In order to turn things around, we simply need to play like it and show more confidence on the field.”

The Eagles returned home on March 16 for a doubleheader against Middlebury. Middlebury dominated both games, winning the first 10-5 and the second 16-5. The first game did not heat up until the eighth inning, when Middlebury scored three runs to put the game out of reach. Emory attempted to rally during the ninth inning when sophomore outfielder Drew Bartholow pinch hit two-run triple, but Middlebury’s lead was too large to overcome.

In the second game against Middlebury, Emory started off strong when Adelman hit a two-run single to bring home senior outfielder Jackson Grayson and Terry in the first inning. Greene followed up with a home run to left center to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead. Middlebury responded by scoring seven unanswered runs, four in the third inning and three in the fifth. The Eagles answered when senior outfielder Michael Wilson hit a sacrifice fly that brought in sophomore infielder Jacob Singer. However, Emory continued to fall apart on defense, allowing five runs in the sixth inning and four runs in the seventh inning, before they answered with their final run of the game — a double  from freshman infielder Danny Terp to bring in senior infielder NJ Kim.

Emory faced Middlebury again on March 17, and this time, the slumping team came out with a vengeance. The Eagles hit hard in the bottom of the first, scoring three runs. Rubenstein plated in the first run with an RBI single. Greene followed with a bases-loaded walk, and junior pitcher Richard Brereton brought in the last run of the inning with an RBI groundout. The Eagles took complete control of the game in the fourth with RBIs from junior catcher David Shore, Bubby Terp, Grayson and Diamond. Emory’s final run came from Greene, who belted a home run in the seventh inning. The win went to sophomore pitcher Jack Moore, who pitched eight innings — six of which were scoreless.

Greene knows his team has work to do, but said he takes pride in what they accomplished in the final game of their series against Middlebury.

“It was a tough weekend that highlighted some things that we need to work on, like situational hitting and damage control,” Greene said. “We were happy to end the weekend with a win.”

The Eagles’ next game is scheduled for March 27 against Piedmont College (Ga.) at Chappell Park.

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The Emory baseball team had a successful weekend, upsetting Berry College (Ga.) 5-3 in a comeback victory on Feb. 26. However, the Eagles saw mixed results in a March 2 doubleheader against Roanoke College (Va.) winning at home 5-4 in a tight matchup, but stumbling in the second game, losing to Roanoke 3-1.

In its first game of the weekend, Emory had 10 hits to Berry’s seven, and each team committed three errors. Berry struck first, scoring one run at the top of the first. Emory responded quickly and tied the score 1-1 at the bottom of the second. Strong defense on both sides prevented runs until the top of the seventh inning, when Berry crossed home twice. Trailing 3-1 with two outs at the top of the eighth, the Eagles rallied and had five consecutive hits. Sophomore outfielder Jack Rubenstein ignited the offense with a walk that senior infielder Bubby Terp followed with a single. In the next play, Rubenstein made it to home base, and senior outfielder Jackson Grayson hit a single that brought in two more runners, senior catcher Eric Terry and senior infielder and pinch runner NJ Kim. Sophomore infielder and pinch runner Jacob Singer scored the final run. The win goes to freshman pitcher Joey Bock, who pitched 1.2 hitless innings and threw two strikeouts.

Excited about his first win, Bock credited his success to his teammates.

I was very happy to get my first win, but I couldn’t have done it without our offense showing up and the entire pitching staff having a good night,” Bock said. “It was the kind of game that we can look back to later in the season, and it will give us a lot of confidence that we can beat anyone.”

The Eagles played a doubleheader against Roanoke on March 2. The first game of the day was a high-hitting affair, with each team having 10 hits. In the end, Emory took control and emerged victorious with a score of 5-4. Roanoke was the first to score at the top of the second inning, and crossed home two more times to take a 3-0 lead over Emory at the top of the third. The Eagles’ offense finally paid off at the bottom of the third when they scored their first run. The team held Roanoke scoreless through the seventh inning while they closed the gap, scoring one in the fifth and two in the seventh. Kim scored the third run off a single by Grayson, who scored the fourth off a single hit by junior catcher Jacob Greene. Roanoke tied the game 4-4 at the top of the eighth inning. Freshman pitcher Jack Brodsky’s stellar pitching kept the lead from Roanoke at the top of the ninth inning. The Eagles smashed any possibility of extra innings when freshman infielder Zeke Diamond hit a single to win the game on a walk-off.

Diamond and Grayson each contributed three hits for a total of six out of Emory’s 10 points. The game was Brodsky’s fourth win of the season, which leads Division III.

The second game of the day was less successful for the Eagles, who lost 3-1. Emory totaled just three hits from Grayson, Edelman and junior infielder Christopher Stern. Stern hit just one  RBI in the sixth inning, but managed to bring in junior infielder Ryan Adelman. The loss goes to junior pitcher James Robertson, who pitched the game’s first five innings and allowed two runs on seven hits with one strikeout.

After the game, Head Coach Mike Twardoski expressed both frustration and hope regarding his team’s performance at bat.

“We, obviously, are not hitting well as a team, especially in key times when we have men on base,” Twardoski said. “We have to be able to relax in that [kind of] situation and worry about the at-bat and not worry about just hitting.”

The Eagles record stands at 6-3 overall. They will travel to Oglethorpe University (Ga.) for their next game on March 6.

The Emory baseball team dominated Washington and Lee University (Va.) on Feb. 21, scoring 11 runs and only allowing four. They met again in a doubleheader on Feb. 23 with the Eagles losing 4-3 in the first game but coming back to win 8-6 in the second game — after their game on Feb. 22 was postponed due to rain.

The Eagles began their series with a high-hitting, high-scoring game. They registered 14 hits over the eight innings they batted. Emory crossed home five innings in a row, starting with one run in the third. The team saw particularly strong fourth, fifth and seventh innings in which they scored three runs each inning. Junior infielder Ryan Adelman and junior catcher Jacob Greene had three hits apiece. Adelman went three-for-four at the plate, and Greene went a perfect three-for-three at bat. Sophomore outfielder Michael Edelman also went a perfect four-for-four, scored twice, plated one run and stole a base. Although these three hit big, the Eagles also showcased their offensive diversity and depth, as six different hitters drove in at least one run. The win was credited to the starting pitcher, junior Richard Brereton, who allowed just three runs, struck out three, walked only one batter and picked up his first win of the season.

Both teams fought hard in the rescheduled doubleheader. Washington and Lee scored first at the top of the first inning, but Emory soon tied it back up in the bottom of the second inning. Washington and Lee then scored three runs in the sixth inning, but Emory refused to hand over the win. After Washington and Lee’s three-run inning, the Eagles held them scoreless for the rest of the game. Emory also managed to score a run in the bottom of the seventh inning and rallied during the bottom of the ninth.

The ninth inning began with Greene walking to first base. With one out in the inning, Brereton hit a double to get Greene to third base. Greene then scored off a groundout single hit by senior catcher Eric Terry. The Eagles got within one run of Washington and Lee but unfortunately ended the game with a strikeout. Sophomore pitcher Jack Moore threw for the first five innings, allowing just one run, while freshman pitcher Bryant Wise closed the game with three scoreless innings. The loss was given to freshman pitcher Joey Bock, who gave up the three runs in the sixth inning.

Even though Emory lost its first game in the doubleheader, the team used the momentum from its rally in the bottom of the ninth inning to redeem themselves in an 8-6 win in the second game.

Greene credits the team’s rally to their energy in the dugout.

“The electrifying energy we had in the dugout this past weekend is exciting for all of us to be a part of,” Greene said. “It is what will help us have longevity in such a long season. It was also really nice to see great pitching, great defensive play and competitive at bats through the order.”

The Eagles started scoring in the bottom of the third inning, bringing in two runs and driving in two more in the fourth. Washington and Lee tied the game at the top of the fifth inning by scoring four runs. Emory answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, reclaiming the lead. Washington and Lee held the Eagles scoreless during the sixth inning and scored a run at the top of the sixth and seventh innings to tie the score at 6-6.

The tie did not last long, as sophomore outfielder Jack Rubenstein scored at the bottom of the seventh inning off a hit by junior infielder Christopher Stern. In the eighth inning, Brereton hit an RBI groundout to bring in senior outfielder Jackson Grayson, who scored the Eagles’ eighth and final run. The credit for this win went to freshman pitcher Jack Brodsky, who took over for junior pitcher James Robertson to pitch the last four innings of the game.

After last weekend, the Eagles stand at 4-2. The Eagles move on to face Berry College (Ga.) on Feb. 26.

The Emory baseball team opened its 2019 season by facing LaGrange College (Ga.), Pacific Lutheran University (Wash.) and Whitworth University (Wash.). The Eagles had a dramatic 2-1 walkoff win over LaGrange, lost a hard fought game to Pacific Lutheran 9-5 and bounced back to defeat Whitworth in a high-scoring, 12-5 game.  

Emory’s home and season opener against LaGrange on Feb. 13 was a low-scoring affair. The game was quiet until the bottom of the third inning when junior catcher Jacob Greene hit the ball to second to bring in junior pitcher Richard Brereton for the Eagles’ first run. LaGrange then tied the game in the seventh inning, and the score remained even until the bottom of the ninth inning when sophomore outfielder Jack Rubenstein smacked a ball to deep short.

LaGrange made an error in the outfield, which allowed junior infielder Ryan Adelman to come in from third base and score the winning run. Brereton pitched eight innings and struck out eight batters, but the win went to freshman pitcher Jack Brodsky, who took over in the ninth inning.

The win was the first of Brodsky’s college career.

“I think the biggest thing that kept us alive in the first and the third game was [our] amount of energy,” Brodsky said. “As a pitcher, having a team back you up the way mine did this past weekend is an extreme confidence booster, and I hope that this energy level will continue.”

On Feb. 15, the Eagles faced off against Pacific Lutheran. The game was evenly played despite the score: Emory had a total of 11 hits with no errors, while Pacific Lutheran had 12 hits and made two errors. Pacific Lutheran was, however, able to capitalize on their opportunities.

Emory had a slow start, allowing three runs in the first inning and one run in the second. The Eagles came alive after a home run by senior infielder Bubby Terp in the bottom of the fifth inning. Terp also hit a double in the bottom of the seventh to bring in sophomore catcher Caleb Shulman. In the bottom of the ninth, Emory was able to load the bases after two singles by Brereton and senior catcher Eric Terry and a hit-by-pitch by Rubenstein. Unfortunately, the Eagles struck out at the plate before they could bring home any runners.

Emory bounced back in their game against Whitworth on Feb. 16. They came out strong, scoring three runs in the first inning and four runs in the second. Junior pitcher James Robertson kept it scoreless in the first three innings with four strikeouts, but ended up giving up seven runs to Whitworth in the fourth.

The score was tied at seven until the bottom of the seventh inning, when Emory scored an impressive five runs with Rubenstein starting off at bat. Rubenstein hit the ball in between the second baseman and the center fielder to make it to first base. He then stole second while Terp was at bat and made it to third after Terp hit a single. There was a balk call against the Whitworth pitcher which brought Rubenstein to the plate. Terp and junior catcher David Shore brought in another two runs. The highlight of the game was a two-run homer by Adelman to cap off the seventh inning. Brodsky and fellow freshman pitcher Bryant Wise were able to keep Whitworth off the board for the last five innings of the game.

Brodsky believes that the key to the Eagles’ performances in their three games was their eager and aggressive attitudes.

“The entire team was very aggressive at the plate, which is why we scored just about 20 runs in three games,” Brodsky said. “I think as a whole, the team’s pitching staff did an unreal job this weekend. Regardless of the loss, every pitcher was eager to play and threw strikes when their number was called.”

Head Coach Mike Twardoski said he was proud of the team’s performance in their home openers, while recognizing their need to improve on certain aspects of their game.

We played three good teams, and I am happy to win two of the games,” Twardoski said. “But we have a lot of work to do in order to be more consistent. We have five days before we play our next game. We will use these days to work on some things.”

The Eagles’ game against Christopher Newport University (Va.), which was originally scheduled for Feb. 17, was canceled due to rainy weather.

Emory’s next game is on Feb. 22 at Chappell Park against Washington and Lee University (Va.).