ROME, Ga. — Winning their fifth straight game, the Berry College baseball team earned a 5-0 shutout of the Emory University Eagles on Tuesday night on the arm of freshman Spence Johns.
Johns earned his first collegiate win, tossing 4.0 innings allowing just one hit and striking out four. Relievers Luke Crawford, Milan Sutaria and William Gibbons combined for a single hit and seven strikeouts to complete the victory.
In the bottom of the second, Tyler Calvert hit a double to right field before advancing to third on a throwing error by the Emory right fielder. Joey Ruiz would bring Calvert home on a RBI sacrifice fly to give Berry the 1-0 advantage. The Vikings scored again in the fifth after a Devin Post triple to the left-center gap. Austin Brooks would then single up the middle, bringing Post home and pushing the score to 2-0.
Berry would put the game out of reach in the eighth. After a Will Deems single, Casey Whitaker hit a triple down the right field line allowing Deems to score. Quinn Smith then singled through the left side to bring Whitaker home and give Berry a 4-0 lead. The Vikings then worked their way to a bases loaded situation for Dylan Beasley, who weathered a fast ball off the shoulder, taking the stinger for an RBI and the eventual 5-0 winning score.
- Casey Whitaker: 2-for-4, R, RBI
- Quinn Smith: 3-for-4, R, RBI
- Devin Post: 1-for-3, R
- Spence Johns: W (1-0), 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 K
- Christopher Stern: 2-for-4
- Jack Moore: L (1-1), 5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 K
- Quinn Smith is now top five in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) for batting average, hitting .500 on the year.
Berry will travel to Oglethorpe University this weekend for their first conference series.