Baseball

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.).

Sophomore pitcher Richard Brereton sends the ball to Brandeis University (Mass.) on April 13. Brereton threw six innings giving up two runs on five hits, three walks and six strikeouts in a losing effort against the Huntingdon College (Ala.) Hawks on April 20. Ayushi Agarwhal/Photo Editor

Emory’s baseball team faltered in a two-game set against the Huntingdon College (Ala.) Hawks on April 20 and 21. After dropping the weekend series, the Eagles fell to a 17-17 overall record.

The Hawks shut the Eagles out, earning a 4-0 victory in the first game of the series, on the Hawks’ home turf on April 20.

Victorious in his prior three starts, sophomore pitcher Richard Brereton began the game for Emory. Brereton threw six innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits, three walks and six strikeouts.

Despite Friday’s loss, Pitching Coach Ryan Mossman praised Brereton for his leadership and the elite work ethic he displayed throughout the season.

“[Brereton] has been the catalyst for our team, playing at elite level pitching and hitting,” Mossman said. “He is one of the best leaders that I have been around, and he sets the bar high for others to follow.”

Hawks sophomore pitcher Brooks Freeman dominated the Eagles, holding them scoreless in eight and two-thirds innings pitched. Emory posted only seven hits in the afternoon and committed three fielding errors.

Mossman commended Freeman’s strong repertoire of pitches and his ability to keep Emory off the scoreboard.

“Offensively we struggled, but [Freeman] kept us off balance with a good slider and fastball,” Mossman said. “He was one of the better pitchers that our team has faced this year.”

Traveling home for the team’s Senior Day, Emory suffered a 7-5 defeat to Huntingdon on April 21. Senior pitcher Rhett Stuart began the game on the mound for Emory, allowing three runs in three innings pitched.

Mossman said his pitching staff did not have the best control of their pitches and, as a result, put themselves into too many stressful situations.

“Between walking eight batters and giving up 11 hits, we put on too many baserunners,” Mossman said. “On the mound, we could not keep them off base by either committing errors or throwing bad pitches.”

Playing center field, Brereton tore apart Huntingdon’s pitching in the batter’s box. Brereton drove in two runs on two hits, including his second home run of the season.

Emory went into the ninth inning of the game down 7-3, after yielding two runs in the top of the inning. Despite a late two-run charge, the Eagles ultimately fell short and failed to retaliate.

“Defensively, we could not quite get a stop towards the end,” senior first baseman Bubby Terp said. “We had a couple of guys that were also thrown out of the basepaths, which in a close game is really hard to overcome.”

The Eagles and Hawks were scheduled to play a third game on April 22, but the game was canceled due to inclement weather.

Emory will play in its final series of the regular season at New York University on April 27-29 for a chance to boost their University Athletic Association (UAA) record.

Sophomore pitcher Richard Brereton steps up to the plate in a matchup with Brandeis University (Mass.) on April 13. The Eagles began the four-game weekend series with an 8-4 victory. Ayushi Agarwal/Photo Editor

The Emory baseball team swept the Brandeis University (Mass.) Judges in a four-game series on April 13 and 14, advancing to a 17-15 overall record and an 8-4 record in University Athletic Association (UAA) competition.

Emory began the series with an 8-4 victory over Brandeis in the first game of a doubleheader on April 13.

Sophomore pitcher Richard Brereton recorded his third consecutive victory in his past three starts, going seven innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits, three walks and six strikeouts. Batting second in the lineup, Brereton tacked on two RBIs and stole two bases.

The Eagles claimed their first lead in the bottom of the third, after a passed ball allowed Brereton to cross home, giving Emory a 2-1 advantage. Emory held Brandeis at bay for the remainder of the game, walking away comfortably with a four-run triumph.

In the second game of the day, Emory topped the Judges 5-2.

Brandeis jumped out to an early lead after scoring a run in the top of the first. Emory answered in the bottom of the third, thanks to a Brereton RBI double that brought home senior left fielder Josh Rosenblatt.

The Eagles and Judges traded runs in the top of the fourth and bottom of the fifth to knot the game at 2-2. In the bottom of the sixth, junior designated hitter Eric Terry drove in the game-winning run on a single belted into right field. Brandeis failed to answer and dropped their second straight to the Eagles.

In their second doubleheader on April 14, the Eagles didn’t show any sign of fatigue, blowing past Brandeis 10-4.

Emory tallied three runs on three hits in the first inning. Senior shortstop Nick Chambers opened the scoring with a two-run double. In the next at-bat, senior first baseman Bubby Terp drove home Chambers on a single into right field.

Sophomore pitcher James Robertson assumed the starting role and pitched eight solid innings. He allowed one run on three hits, three walks and a career-high 10 strikeouts.

With the offense totaling 10 runs on 13 hits and Robertson following suit with a strong performance on the mound, Emory cruised smoothly to a six-run victory.

Left: Brereton sends the ball to the Judges. In the first half of the doubleheader on April 13, Brereton went seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits, three walks and six strikeouts. Ayushi Agarwal/Photo Editor

Pitching coach Ryan Mossman noted Robertson’s terrific outing and the work he has put in to solidify his techniques.

“Robertson had one of our best pitching performances of the season,” Mossman said. “His persistence at working on his craft by working on his changeup and having more confidence in his offspeed pitches have definitely benefited him.”

Chambers said that Robertson’s dominance on the mound energized the offense and encouraged them to perform at the same level.

“Robertson set the tone and characterized our success this weekend,” Chambers said. “When one guy plays like that, the rest of the team feels motivated to follow and take their games to the next level.”

Despite the Judges’ two runs in the top of the first, Brandeis failed to salvage the final game of the series, losing to the Eagles 5-2.

Undeterred by Brandeis’ quick start, the Eagles added two runs of their own in the bottom of the first. The Eagles stole the advantage in the bottom of the third on a RBI single from freshman left fielder Jack Rubenstein.

Emory’s pitching staff recovered after yielding two runs in the first inning and shut Brandeis out for the remainder of the game to secure the four-game sweep.

Mossman said that his pitching staff is taking massive strides in fine-tuning their approaches on the mound both physically and mentally.

“Our staff is taking upon themselves to look for different ways to use their deliveries to deceive batters,” Mossman said.

The Eagles will face Huntingdon College (Ala.) in a three-game series on April 20-22.

Editor’s Note: Brian Taggett (19C) is an associate editor of the Wheel and plays for Emory’s baseball team. He was not involved in the composition of or editing of this article.

Senior pitcher Mack Wilkins winds up the ball for Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) in the second match of a doubleheader on April 8. The Eagles redeemed their initial loss that day with a 4-0 shutout. Sarah Taha/Staff

The Emory baseball team triumphed in three out of four games in a weekend series against the Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) Bears. With the weekend’s results, Emory advanced to a 13-14 overall record and a 4-4 record in University Athletic Association (UAA) competition.

Emory initiated the home series with a 6-3 victory on April 6. Both teams found the scoreboard early, tallying one run a piece in the first inning. The game remained tied at one until Emory built a three-run lead at the bottom of the fourth.

Sophomore third baseman Christopher Stern smacked a leadoff homerun over the left field wall to begin the inning. With three more hits and two WashU errors, Emory added two more runs to grab a 4-1 advantage.

The Eagles maintained the lead for the remainder of the game. Sophomore starting pitcher Richard Brereton supplied the win, pitching seven innings and allowing one run on five hits, four walks and nine strikeouts.

In the second game of the series, Emory survived a late charge from WashU to win the game 8-6. The Eagles amassed a four-run lead in the first inning after WashU hit a batter with the bases loaded, junior left fielder Michael Wilson notched a two-run single and junior catcher Eric Terry stole home.

Building a 6-1 lead, Emory kept the WashU offense quiet until the top of the eighth inning. After seven innings of lights-out pitching, freshman starting pitcher Jack Moore left the game after the Bears loaded the bases with one out in the inning. Moore closed his performance at seven and a third innings, allowing four runs on six hits, five walks and four strikeouts.

WashU tacked on four runs in the top of the eighth, just one run away from tying the game. To answer, senior first baseman Bubby Terp brought home two runs with a double down the left field line.

Terp noted that the team worked on fixing their approaches at the plate, leading to better at-bats with runners in scoring position.

“Our approaches at the plate have led to better situational hitting,” Terp said. “We are a young team, so the more at-bats our guys are getting, the better they feel when they go up to hit.”

Emory allowed one more run in the top of the ninth, but held on to win the game 8-6.

Heading into the final day of the weekend series, WashU topped Emory 11-7 in the first game of a daytime doubleheader on April 8. The Bears dominated the pitch in each of the first five innings and accumulated a 7-4 margin.

The Eagles inched within one run of the WashU lead in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run inning. WashU responded and tallied four more runs in the final three innings. Emory failed to overcome the five-run margin, rounding out the match 11-7.

Contrary to the first game of the doubleheader, Emory shut out WashU, wrapping up the weekend series with a 4-0 victory.

Senior pitcher Mack Wilkins and freshman pitcher Christian Bradley together completed Emory’s shutout, allowing four hits, four walks and eight strikeouts.

Emory jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on RBIs from Terp and Terry. Plagued by errors in the bottom of the fourth, WashU gave up two unearned runs and fell behind the Eagles 4-0. The Eagles cruised to the end of the game, maintaining the 4-0 lead.

Head Coach Mike Twardoski said WashU hurt themselves throughout the series by committing 14 errors in the series.

“Historically WashU is a good team, but this time around they made a lot of mistakes, especially errors,” Twardoski said. “Still, we got timely hits and played well enough to win three out of four against a conference opponent.”

Terp said the team performed better offensively compared to the previous week and saw action from up and down the lineup.

“Our team was able to put together a solid, consistent series hitting the baseball,” Terp said. “We had a lot of guys contribute and put the ball in play, forcing [WashU] to make some plays.”  

In a non-conference game on April 10, Emory lost to Oglethorpe College (Ga.) 6-2. The game was tied at two until the bottom of the seventh inning, when Oglethorpe tacked on four runs.

The Eagles will host Brandeis University (Mass.) on April 13-15 in a four-game series.

The Emory baseball team’s four-game slate quickly turned sour after its first win this past weekend. The team dropped the final three games of its series against the Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) Spartans, beginning University Athletic Association (UAA) play with a bleak 1-3 record.

Following a lackluster 9-10 record in non-conference competition, the Eagles needed a strong start to UAA play to keep themselves in the running for a bid to the NCAA Division III World Series.

Emory started the four-game set at Case Western with a 5-2 win on March 30. Sophomore starting pitcher Richard Brereton asserted his dominance on the mound and pitched all nine innings. Brereton struck out six batters and allowed only two runs on six hits and two walks.

Heach Coach Mike Twardoski said Brereton is a consistent pitcher, who is able to keep his composure in difficult situations.

“He fights out there and guys love to play behind him,” Twardoski said. “He threw 130 pitches and was able to maintain his stamina in a gutsy performance.”

The Eagles’ offense recorded five runs on eight hits, two walks and four Case Western errors. Senior shortstop Nick Chambers, sophomore catcher Jacob Greene and freshman center-fielder Michael Edelman all tallied RBIs.

On March 31, Emory dropped both games in an afternoon double-header against the Spartans, losing 12-6 and 4-3, respectively.

In the first game of the double-header, Emory stole a 3-0 lead after the first three innings. Headed to the bottom of the fourth, Case Western claimed its first lead of the game with a four-run inning. The Spartans added eight more runs to take the game easily from Emory.

Emory’s second game of the day ended in a nail-biter. Case Western claimed an early lead, posting three runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Eagles answered quickly, posting two of their own in the top of the third.

The game remained squared at 3-2 until Case Western added one more run in the bottom of the seventh. Emory sophomore starting pitcher James Robertson pitched a solid game, striking out seven and allowing four runs on five hits and four walks.

Aside from allowing three runs in the first, Robertson said he regained his composure and finished with a strong outing.

“As the game went along I got into a groove and hit my stride,” Robertson said. “I honed in my command and recovered from the first inning.”

With their backs against the wall headed to the top of the ninth, Emory nearly tied the game in the final inning. Chambers knocked a one-out single into left field that brought home Edelman and put Emory behind by only one run with runners at first and second. Brereton and senior first-baseman Bubby Terp failed to bring home the runner on second base, and the Eagles dropped their second straight.

Proceeding to the last game of the series on April 1, the Emory bats went silent as Case Western topped the Eagles 4-0. Although the Eagles out-hit the Spartans 6-5, Emory was unable to put runs on the scoreboard.

Freshman pitcher Christian Bradley started the game and allowed four runs on five hits and a walk — all in three innings. Senior Rhett Stuart pitched the remainder of the game and posted five perfect innings, keeping the Spartans hitless while also striking out four batters.

Twardoski recapped the series and noted that the talent on both teams were pretty equal, but one sequence each game was the difference between winning and losing.

“One play a game, if we didn’t get a hit or [Case Western] got a hit, made the difference in the series,” Twardoski said. “Case Western didn’t really outplay us, but we have to learn how to win and hit in the crucial situations.”

Emory will host Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) in a four-game set to be played out on April 6-8.

Editor’s Note: Brian Taggett (19C), an associate editor of the Wheel, plays for Emory’s baseball team. He was not involved in the composition of or editing of this article.

Senior right handed pitcher Mack Wilkins handles the ball in a home matchup against Covenant College (Ga.) on March 27. The Eagles eclipsed the Scots 12-10. Yohan Jhaveri/Staff

Over spring break, the Emory baseball team pieced together a 4-1 record, their best so far this season. The team topped Berry College (Ga.), Stevens Institute of Technology (N.J.) and Middlebury College (Vt.), with its sole loss against Birmingham-Southern College (Ala.).

Playing for the first time in more than a week, the Eagles turned the tide against Berry on March 13, winning the game in walk-off fashion. Emory came up short in two prior meetings against Berry, losing 5-0 in their first match and 6-3 in their second.

Down 5-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Eagles strung together a four-hit inning and tacked on two runs to take the game 6-5. Pinch-hitting for freshman left-fielder Jack Rubenstein, junior NJ Kim started the game knotted at five with a single that drove sophomore Ryan Adelman home.

Following Kim’s RBI single, freshman Michael Edelman, pinch-hitting for sophomore catcher Jacob Greene, smashed a walk-off single up the middle of the infield that brought home senior shortstop Nick Chambers. With Edelman’s walk off, Emory snapped a six-game losing streak that dated back to Feb.18.

Edelman said that his approach in his impressive at-bat was to ensure he was poised for a crucial plate appearance.

“I was preparing for the situation where [the game] was tied, and I’d have to come through for the team,” Edelman said. “When I actually did come up to the plate, I was calmer, and I read the pitcher well.”

Emory continued their late-inning heroics in a high-scoring game against Stevens. The Eagles scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat Stevens 8-5. Leading Emory’s scoring, sophomore third-baseman Christopher Stern drove a three-run homerun over the leftfield wall to cap off Emory’s breakthrough inning.

Chambers contributed two hits and four RBIs in Emory’s eight-run effort. On the mound, junior pitcher Sam Brzowski secured Emory’s win, holding Stevens hitless in two and two-thirds innings.

In a weekend series against Middlebury, Emory’s bats lit up the Panthers, leading Emory to two consecutive 10-run games.

In their first match-up on March 17, Emory thrashed Middlebury 10-2.

The Eagles broke away in the seventh inning, scoring seven runs to build a 10-2 lead. Sophomore pitcher James Robertson solidified the Eagles’ victory, going five and one-third innings, giving up two runs (one earned) and striking out four batters.

In their second game of the weekend on March 18, Emory held off Middlebury, edging a 10-7 victory. Chambers boasted another big afternoon, putting up two hits, including a double and four RBIs.

Over his past six games, Chambers amassed 13 hits and 12 RBIs. Chambers said the hard work he has put in during the season has helped him execute offensively.

“My beginning of the season wasn’t too strong, so I just stuck with the process,” Chambers said. “Having a process and not being results-oriented has allowed me to put together a hot streak.”

As designated hitter, Kim recorded two hits and a walk in three plate appearances. Together, the Emory offense belted 11 hits and walked 10 times.

Senior shortstop Nick Chambers awaits a pitch from the Covenant College (Ga.)Scots on March 27. Over his past six games, Chambers amassed 13 hits and 12 RBIs. Yohan Jhaveri/Staff

Head Coach Mike Twardoski said that his team has improved its offensive production with proper execution of fundamentals.

“We are swinging at better pitches and are getting more aggressive in the strike zone,” Twardoski said. “We are starting to see more players driving the ball and seeing the ball better at the plate.”

Riding a four-game winning streak, Emory faltered against Birmingham-Southern on March 21. The Eagles’ starting pitcher, freshman Jack Moore, gave up eight runs in four and one-third innings pitched. Birmingham-Southern tacked on five more runs to defeat Emory 13-6.

Despite a rough day on the mound, Emory’s offense turned in a formidable performance. Junior Michael Wilson pinch hit for Stern in the bottom of the ninth and smacked an RBI triple into left field.

Chambers said the team’s young outfield and pitching staff is still working to hit their stride.

“[The staff have] a lot of potential to improve moving forward,” Chambers said. “Getting reps and games under their belt at the college level will help them become even more consistent.”

Despite allowing eight runs in the final three innings, Emory held off Covenant College 12-10 on March 27. Powering Emory’s offense, Chambers and Greene combined to add seven RBIs. In total, the Eagles recorded 10 hits and walked five times.

With conference play on the horizon, Twardoski said that the team overall has not played well enough in all facets of the game.

“We haven’t played good fundamental baseball so far this season,” Twardoski said. “We aren’t playing well enough running the bases, fielding, pitching and hitting.”

Emory’s game against Covenant concluded the Eagles’ non-conference portion of their schedule. The Eagles will begin University Athletic Association (UAA) play against Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) Friday, March 30.

Associate Editor Brian Taggett is a pitcher on Emory’s baseball team.