EAGLES MASH WAY TO DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP
The Embry-Riddle baseball team needed to take a series to solidify its position in the Cal Pac, and the Eagles clinched its three-game Cal Pac set with La Sierra on Thursday afternoon. ERAU scored 30 runs in 17 innings of play, and had 29 hits in the doubleheader.
Game 1: Embry-Riddle 11, La Sierra 2
La Sierra scored the game’s only run through the first three innings, but Embry-Riddle found its offense in the fourth and never looked back. ERAU scored at least two runs in every inning between the fourth and the eighth, tallying 11 runs in its big victory.
In fact, the Eagles scored exactly two runs in that stretch except for the seventh inning, where ERAU put three on the board. Embry-Riddle also smashed out 16 hits to start the day, with six of those being of the extra-base variety.
Every Embry-Riddle batter with a plate appearance had at least one hit, and five of those players had multi-hit games. The Eagles also had five doubles from five different players, and Carson Ramocinski also blasted his first career home run to lead off the seventh.
Mitchell Mussler had another complete-game victory, giving up just two runs and six hits in the nine innings. Four of his seven wins are from complete games, and the seven wins is now the most in the Cal Pac.
Game 2: Embry-Riddle 19, La Sierra 4 (8 innings)
Embry Riddle picked up right where they left off, scoring ten runs in the first three innings and putting the game out of reach early. The Eagles had two innings in which they scored seven runs, accomplishing the feat in the third and in the eighth.
After Ramocinski hit his first career home run in the first game, he drove in seven runs in the final game of the day. Ramocinski had a bases-loaded triple for ERAU’s big hit in the third inning, and then had a two-RBI single in the eighth.
Ramocinski went 4-for-6 and was a home run shy of the cycle, but he was not the only get 3/4 of the cycle. Travis Strickler had a different type of hit each time he reached base via a knock and drove in four runs.
Roberto Garza-Nunez drove in three runs on his home run in the seventh, one of seven players to drive in a run. While the home run was his only, Garza-Nunez reached base via the walk three times during the second game on Thursday.
The Eagles will go for the sweep on Friday in a doubleheader finale with La Sierra. First pitch of the day is scheduled for 11 a.m.