REDDING, CALIF. – The Embry-Riddle baseball team earned a split in its final day in Northern California, beating Simpson in the day’s first game and falling in the series finale. The Eagles got excellent pitching all day long, allowing just six runs and 12 hits over the 18 innings on Saturday.
Game 1: Embry-Riddle 16, Simpson 2
Aiden Vestbie turned in his second consecutive excellent start on Saturday, allowing just a two-run home run in the fourth and locking back in after that. Vestbie went the distance, striking out eight to earn his second straight complete game victory.
The Eagles scored two or more runs in each of the innings they scored in, the biggest coming in the ninth. Leading 8-2, Embry-Riddle doubled its run total with an outburst to put the game out of reach, where seven different players earned an RBI.
Blake Moore slammed his first career home run, a three-run shot in the sixth inning to give the Eagles its 8-2 lead. Moore finished with a pair of hits, both resulting in RBI, and scored twice as well.
Kevin Fedourk finished 4-for-4, driving in a run and slapping a double as well. Fedourk was one of seven ERAU batters to get a hit, and one of three to have multiple knocks. Every ERAU hitter also had at least one RBI.
Luke Jepsen drove in three runs in a 3-for-5 effort, homering in the second inning. The Eagles went back-to-back in that second inning, as Josh Beattie followed up Jepsen with a round-tripper of his own.
Game 2: Simpson 4, Embry-Riddle 2
The Eagles were not able to get the hits they needed in the second game on Saturday, scoring a pair of runs in the fifth to tie the game. Despite getting more chances, Embry-Riddle was not able to tie the game.
Roberto Garza-Nunez drove in both of the Eagles runs, homering in the top of the fifth after Travis Strickler reached with a double to lead off the inning. Garza-Nunez was one of five ERAU players to earn a hit.
Strickler had a pair of hits in the game, as he also singled to lead off the third inning. Calvin Solie also had two hits, singling in the fourth and sixth.
The Eagles will return home to continue conference play next weekend against Providence Christian. The first game of the series is scheduled for Friday, April 1 at 2 p.m.