The Emory & Henry College Baseball Team stayed busy last week, playing Ferrum College on Wednesday, March 22 and playing Eastern Mennonite University in a doubleheader on Saturday, March 25.
The Wasps dropped their game Wednesday, losing to FC by a final score of 13-7 in favor of the Panthers.
The Wasps had a quick turnaround as they welcomed the visiting Royals from Eastern Mennonite on Saturday.
It was a big day at Porterfield-DeVault Field as the Wasps welcomed a former student and a former NASCAR driver and a current NASCAR team owner Eric McClure. McClure threw out the first pitch for the second game and promoted his new race car and the big race at Bristol while the games were going on.
The Wasps took game one by a final score of 8-7, thanks to a big fourth inning. After three innings, the Wasps were down a run before scoring six in the fourth. Eastern Mennonite got back into it and tied the game at seven going into the bottom of the ninth inning.
Sophomore third baseman Eli Straw hit a walk-off single to right field to bring in the winning run. Straw’s single won the game, but his three-run homer in the fourth allowed the Wasps to even have that opportunity. First-year Toby Robson picked up the relief win for the Wasps, only giving up one run through over three innings.
Game two was not as exciting, yet the Wasps were happy to walk away with the series sweep having won the second game by a final score of 8-3. After two innings, the Wasps found themselves up 4-2.
In the third inning, the rare triple play made an appearance and provided the highlight of the day. The Royals had two men on base with no outs and it looked like they were about to score and regain the momentum. However, sophomore shortstop Ross French snagged a line drive out of the air, stepped on second base and beamed the ball over to junior first baseman Carson Bryant to seal the triple play. Sophomore Gavin Felty earned the win for the Wasps in game two, striking out seven batters.
Two out of three wins on the week for the Wasps have them sitting at 12-14 overall, 3-3 in the ODAC.
– Peyton Williams