LaGrange College edged the Emory University Baseball team in an extra-inning marathon affair Wednesday night as the Panthers defeated the Eagles, 1-0, in 15 innings at Cleaveland Field in LaGrange, GA.
Junior James Robertson turned in his best outing of the season so far as he recorded a no-decision, scattering five hits and three walks over 7.2 scoreless innings and racking up a season-high nine strikeouts. Freshman Joey Bock added three scoreless in relief, allowing only two hits and striking out two.
Freshman Jack Brodsky was tagged with his first loss of the season as he worked 3.2 innings, giving up one run on three hits and five walks (three intentional). He struck out a career-high six batters. Brodsky stranded the game-winning run at third when he entered the game with two outs in the 11th and pulled off an impressive Houdini move in the 13th, escaping a bases-loaded and no outs situation.
The Woodcliff Lake, NJ native was again tasked with trying to pull off another magic trick in the 15th, allowing a leadoff double and later, intentionally loading the bases with only one out. Judd Moore spoiled it however, lining the walkoff hit over the outstretched reach of the leaping freshman Zeke Diamond at third to score Rhett Hollon with the game-winning run.
Emory, for the game, left 16 men on base including leaving the bases loaded to end the sixth and 13th innings. Senior Jackson Grayson was one of three Eagles to record two hits in the contest, going 2-for-3 with four walks including tying the school's single-game record of three intentional free passes. Diamond and junior Ryan Adelman each went 2-for-7 at the top of the Emory batting order.
The Eagles (6-6) return to Atlanta for a three-game weekend series against Middlebury Collee beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday at 12:00 PM EST.
More Wednesday Notes:
-Fourth-ever game to reach 15 innings in Emory Baseball history and the longest since the Eagles defeated Haverford College, 3-2, in 16 innings on March 7th, 2009
-Longest game in terms of innings that went scoreless for Emory or LaGrange in either team's history
-Sophomore Jack Rubenstein recorded his 23rd career hit-by-pitch, moving into a tie for fifth all-time
-17 strikeouts by Emory pitching is tied for second-most in a single game
-16 men left on base is tied for second-most by the Eagles in a single game
-58 batters faced is tied for the sixth-highest total in a single game