The Emory & Henry baseball team was in action on March 4-5. The Wasps hosted two doubleheaders against Alfred State. The Wasps did a little early spring cleaning as they swept the Pioneers on the weekend, winning all four games.
Game 1 of the series was played Saturday, as the Wasps sent sophomore Gavin Felty out to pitch. Felty was cruising all day, seeing success after success with each batter. Felty took a no hitter into the final inning, before Cullen Franz hit a line drive shot up the middle to break the bid. The Wasps saw the same success hitting as well. E&H got the scoring going in the second inning, with RBI’s by sophomore Ben Sexton and junior Zach Smith, making the score 2-0. The Wasps would end up adding three more insurance runs for Felty over the next four innings to bump the score to 5-0. After Felty gave up the hit in the final inning, first-year Ethan Cave would step up to the mound to shut things down. The Wasps would win by a final score of 5-0.
The Wasps played game two directly after the first game. This time the game remained much closer, as senior pitcher Nick Lesnak struggled to find his rhythm. However, Lesnak was still able to pick up the win after allowing four runs, with nine hits, while striking out two batters, over five innings of work. The Wasps would get a majority of their runs in the second inning. After the score was tied 1-1, the Wasps would tack up five runs in the inning to make the score 6-1. Alfred State would keep battling back getting three runs to make the score 6-4. The Wasps would add one final run in the game, to up the score to 7-4. Alex Laws would end up recording the save for the Wasps, pitching the final two innings.
Games three and four were played Sunday to conclude the series. In game three, the Wasps would have themselves a slugfest. In the game the Wasps would put up a total of 10 runs in the game. Eli Straw had a solo homerun in the game, and would end up having 2 RBI’s in the game. Senior Garret Butler would pick up the win on the mound for the Wasps, having a complete game victory.
The Wasps won the game by a final score of 10-1. In the final game of the series, E&H was looking to close things out to earn the sweep. The Wasps would send out first-year Toby Robson to do the job. Robson would pitch five strong innings, only giving up one run on 5 hits. Sophomore Kyle Creasey would pitch the final 2 innings for relief. Sophomore Eli Straw would pick up his second homerun of the day during the game, on a two run shot in the first inning. E&H would end up running away with the victory, by a final score of 7-1.
– Andrew McClung