After splitting on day one, the EMU softball women took away two more wins on day two of the Triangle Classic in Raleigh, NC. The Lady Royals showed off their offense, scoring 33 runs in the two games.
EMU 21, St. Elizabeth 3 – 5 innings
After St. Elizabeth scored an unearned run in the top of the first, the Royals took over. Jordan Aylor (Madison, VA/Madison County) hit an RBI double and Courtney Allman (Mt. Solon, VA/Fort Defiance) added a two-run homer.
Katarina Napfel (Berkeley Springs, WV/Berkeley Springs) walked to lead off the second and started a five-run rally. Of the runs were unearned as EMU went up 8-1. St. Elizabeth put up a two spot in the third, but the Lady Royals added another six in the bottom of the frame.
Brooke Hensley (Elkton, VA/Spotswood) and Molly Smith (Elkton, VA/Spotswood) each hit two-run bombs in the fourth, as Eastern Mennonite tacked on another seven to produce the final, mercy-shortened score.
The women had 12 hits and seven walks, and took advantage of seven St. Elizabeth errors. Taylor Sellars (Powhatan, VA/Powhatan) had three hits. Smith was 2-3 with three runs and five RBI. Allman was also 2-3 with three scores and three RBIs.
Hensley charted three runs and three RBIs. Aylor and Napfel each scored three times as well.
Smith pitched all five innings from the hill and moves to 1-0 on the year.
EMU 12, Peace 7
It took two full innings for either team to get going when the Lady Royals took on co-host Peace. The women combined one hit and two Peace errors to plate three unearned runs.
The bats got going in the fourth. Sellars had a two-run single and Smith and Allman followed with RBI singles as the lead grew to 7-0.
The Pacers finally scored the bottom of the fourth, stringing together four hits to plate three runs. But Rachel Breeden (Shenandoah, VA/Page County) cranked a three-run homerun in the fifth to get them back.
Peace brought in two in the fifth, but EMU still led 10-4. After the women brought home two in the top of the seventh, they got sloppy on defense, committing three errors in the Pacers' last at-bat, but three runs weren't enough to change the final outcome.
Eastern Mennonite had a slight edge in hits, 16-14, but also committed more errors, 4-2. Their timely hitting made the difference.
Smith and Breeden each went 3-4 with three RBIs. Sara Jenkins (Stanley, VA/Page County) also batted 3-4 and scored twice. Sellars was 2-4 with two runs and two RBIs.
Aylor threw all seven innings to get the win. Only three of the seven runs she allowed were earned.
EMU is now 3-1 after the season-opening classic. They head to Virginia Beach, VA, next Friday and Saturday for four games at the Beach Blast.