• 2017 Record: 27-14, 9-7 UAA
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  • 6 World Series Berths
  • 13 UAA Championships
  • 11 ABCA All-Americans
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Emory Baseball Season Ends with Loss to Roanoke in NCAA South Regional

Emory Baseball Season Ends with Loss to Roanoke in NCAA South Regional

The Emory University Baseball team's 2017 season came to a close Friday evening as the Eagles were eliminated from the double-elimination NCAA South Regional tournament following a 4-2 loss to Roanoke College at Legion Field in Danville, Virginia. Emory concludes the year with a 27-14 overall record.

Senior Brian Hernandez began the scoring, launching his team-leading fourth home run of the year over the left centerfield fence to lead off the bottom of the second.

The Eagles held the 1-0 lead until the Maroons struck for two in the top of the fifth. Collier Donald drove in the game-tying run with a sac fly to center before Sean Guida scampered home on a wild pitch to put RC in the lead.

Emory erased the 2-1 deficit in the home half of the sixth as junior Nick Chambers scored on a RBI groundout by senior Jeff Ronpirin.

The score remained 2-2 until Sam Watson scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error by Chambers in the top of the eighth inning. Roanoke added another run in the ninth as Watson collected a two-out RBI single to center, plating Guida.

Senior Wilson Morgan began the bottom of the ninth with a four-pitch walk but Ronpirin grounded into the 6-3 double play to bring the Eagles to their final out. Hernandez kept the inning alive with a single to center but RC's Sumpter was able to retire junior Bubby Terp on a fly out to center to end the ball game.

Hernandez went 2-for-4 with his round-tripper to carry the Emory offense. Chambers added a 2-for-4 performance at the plate and stole a game-high two bases.

Sophomore Billy Dimlow pitched well despite falling to 6-2, pitching into the eighth inning and allowing three runs (2 ER) on seven hits and two walks while striking out five.

The defeat ends an outstanding four-year stretch for Emory' nine member senior class: Andrew Doetsch, Luke Emmett, Hernandez, Philip Maldari, Kyle Monk, Morgan, Ronpirin, Jackson Weeg and Chris Young. The group was 130-54, appeared in four straight NCAA tournaments including a second-place finish in 2015, the first Emory class to advance to three College World Series and captured University Athletic Association titles in 2014 and 2015.