The Embry-Riddle baseball team took care of business on Saturday, winning a pair of games in run-rule fashion to complete the three-game sweep of Providence Christian. The Eagles won 13-1 and 14-2, outscoring the Sea Beggars 42-3 over the entire series.
Game 1: Embry-Riddle 13, Providence Christian 1 (7 Innings)
The first game stayed tight through the first five and a half innings, as the Eagles led just 3-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth. Both teams scored a run in the first inning, then Owen Cain gave ERAU the lead with a two-run single in the fifth.
Embry-Riddle really broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth, scoring ten runs and sending 13 batters to the plate. The Eagles had its first seven batters reach, and only needed five hits in the massive offensive frame.
Sean Boskovich recorded his first career triple in the sixth inning, driving in two with a shot to the right center wall. That was not the largest run-producing hit in the frame, as Josh Beattie had a three-run home run to center field.
Beattie led the game with three RBI, and four different Eagles drove in two runs. While not driving in a run, Carson Ramocinski was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate and had a pair of walks. Travis Strickler drew three walks in the first game of day.
Aiden Vestbie put together another excellent complete-game performance, allowing just one run on two hits in the doubleheader opener. Vestbie struck out nine batters, and did not allow a hit from the second inning until the second batter of the seventh.
Game 2: Embry-Riddle 14, Providence Christian 2 (7 Innings)
While the Eagles did not score in the first inning in the last contest of the day, they more than made up for it in the second and third innings. Embry-Riddle scored six runs in both the second and third frames to kickstart another run-rule victory.
In his first start of the season, Gavin Speck drove in the game’s first two runs with a single to right field. Ramocinski had a two-RBI hit of his own with a double, and Luke Jepsen had a triple to add to the lead.
The Eagles nearly had a repeat performance in the third inning, scoring six runs on seven hits this time, where they had six hits in the second. Ramocinski had his third hit in three innings with an RBI triple, and Kevin Fedoruk had a two-run home run to open the frame’s scoring.
Ramocinski, Fedourk, Speck and Jepsen were responsible for nine of the 12 runs driven in, and seven of the 16 hits. Calvin Solie and Blake Moore had a pair of hits each, with all nine hitters in the starting lineup recording at least one hit.
Jonah Montes had a solid start, giving up an unearned run and just four hits in 5.0 innings. Montes also struck out seven, and did not issue a walk to earn his third win of the season.
The Eagles will have a great measuring-stick series next weekend, travelling to Antelope Valley for three games on Friday and Saturday. First pitch from Lancaster, Calif. in game one on Friday is scheduled for 2 p.m.