The University’s baseball team snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over Elizabethtown College on Monday thanks to two eighth-inning RBIs.
First-year first baseman Kevin Haag broke the 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth with his RBI single to right field. He was able to advance to second base on the throw home and later scored on an RBI single from junior second baseman Brad Schneider, which sealed the victory for the Royals.
Haag reflected on the feeling of bringing in a runner when the Royals needed it most, and helping secure the team’s ninth victory of the season.
“I was just trying to stay relaxed and do my job whether it was moving the runner over to third base or driving him in to score,” Haag said. “It felt really good to see the ball drop over the second basemen’s head and take the lead in the eighth. It also took a load off everyone’s shoulders and when we went back into the field in the ninth we knew we were going to win.”
The team is thrilled to be back on the winning track after its season got off to a rocky start thanks to a number of weather-related challenges.
Haag noted that although building up a losing streak was discouraging, the Royals never stopped focusing on what they set out to accomplish this season.
“It’s very hard to overcome that kind of challenge,” Haag said. “It makes you overthink everything you are doing whether you’re up at the plate hitting or in the field. As soon as you relax things start to fall in place and go your way.”
The team looks forward to building a winning streak as they head to Washington D.C. for a doubleheader with Catholic University on Saturday.
“As a team we are going to have fun and play our game,” Haag said. “It’s a long season and we are just going to take it one game at a time.”