After going 3-1 in last weekend's season-opening Triangle Classic, the EMU softball women ventured to Virginia Beach for the high-profile Beach Blast. The Lady Royals got started off on the right foot, taking a pair of opening day wins, including a 7-4 thumping of No. 11 Christopher Newport.
EMU 12, Rutgers-Newark 1
Eastern Mennonite opened the day with an easy 12-1 win over the Scarlett Raiders. The bats were going in full force, capped by a three-run homer from catcher Rasheeda Crews (Brookneal, VA/William Campbell).
Freshman Jordan Aylor (Madison, VA/Madison County) allowed just four hits over six innings for the win.
EMU 7, No. 11 Christopher Newport 4
The Captains, the 2011 NCAA National Runner-Up, entered as the No. 11 team in this week's National Fastpitch Coaches Association national poll. CNU started the year No. 3, but lost a pair of games at No. 5 Emory.
The Lady Royals got an outstanding pitching performance from senior Lisa Lee (Buckingham, VA/Buckingham County), holding the powerful Captains to four runs. Meanwhile, Allman and Brooke Hensley (Elkton, VA/Spotswood) got the big hits for the offense, each smacking multi-run homers, as EMU took the win.
Now 5-1 on the season, Eastern Mennonite returns to the Princess Anne Complex Saturday for two more games, starting with Averett at 10:00am. The women close with another nationally ranked team, getting No. 7 Salisbury at 2:00pm.