The Emory University baseball team dropped its rubber match to Berry College, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at Chappell Park in Atlanta.
After the teams split Friday's doubleheader, Saturday's finale came down to the final batter as the Eagles attempted a ninth-inning comeback.
Trailing 4-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth, junior Blake Dincman led off with a solo home run to bring Emory within one and forced the Vikings to turn to closer Will Marquart for the final outs. With two outs, senior Jacob Grossman worked a walk followed by sophomore Zach Wasseraluf getting hit by a pitch to load the bases loaded, bringing junior Matthew Sicoli to the plate. Unfortunately, Marquart won the battle as he struck out Sicoli for the final out of the game.
Emory led in the early stages on Saturday, scoring once in each of the first two innings. Sophomore Adam Geller plated Sicoli with a Rbi single to right in the first inning before Grossman brought home freshman Jake Lawson with a double to right center in the second.
Senior Derek Livingston held the Vikings scoreless until the top of the fifth when Alex Knapped smacked a solo home run to left. Livingston was solid in his first career start as he spun six innings of one-run ball. He struck out five and walked one.
Berry used the long ball once more in the seventh inning when Charles Pulaski launched a three-run home run off reliever Ryan Kelly to regain the lead.
The Eagles saw one batter reach base in each of the seventh and eighth innings but it was not until the ninth when Emory mounted a rally.
The Eagles will be back in action on Tuesday evening when Emory travels to Brookhaven to face Oglethorpe University at 5:00 PM.