The Eastern Mennonite softball team locked up with the Fighting Squirrels of Mary Baldwin College Tuesday afternoon in Staunton. The Lady Royals had to come from behind in the first game before rolling out with a sweep.
EMU 10, Mary Baldwin 5
The home team surprised EMU in game one, getting five of their six hits in the second and third innings and jumping to a 5-1 lead.
The Lady Royals chipped in a single run in the top of the fourth to make it 5-2 and finally broke through in the sixth. Courtney Allman (Mt. Solon, VA/Fort Defiance) led off with a single to center and the rest of the lineup followed suit. Another five hits and a walk later, and Eastern Mennonite had brought in seven runs to vault in front, 9-5. Taylor Sellars (Powhatan, VA/Powhatan) had a two-run single, and Molly Smith (Elkton, VA/Spotswood) capped the scoring with a two-run homer to center.
Sara Jenkins (Stanley, VA/Page County) added a solo shot in the seventh to produce the final 10-5 margin.
Jenkins spearheaded the 11-hit attack, going 3-4 from the plate with two runs and three RBIs. Lisa Lee (Buckingham, VA/Buckingham County) and Brooke Hensley (Elkton, VA/Spotswood) each had a pair of hits.
Jordan Aylor (Madison, VA/Madison County) started in the circle for EMU, allowing four runs before getting chased early in the third inning. Lee (5-0) threw the final five innings, allowing one run on four hits. She also struck out seven in earning the win.
EMU 13, Mary Baldwin 0 – 5 innings
After a scoreless first in the nightcap, the offense picked up where it left off in game one. The women strung together eight hits in the second inning, plating seven runs. Megan Viafora (Stanley, VA/Page County) started the scoring with a two-run double. Smith brought in three with a bases loaded double, and Allman followed with a two-run homerun.
EMU plated three more in the third to go up 10-0. Lee sent out a solo blast in the fourth, and the women scored two more in the fifth.
Smith (3-0) was lights out from the circle, allowing just four Mary Baldwin hits to pick up the shutout.
The offense had a 15-4 edge in hits, with every starter getting at least one hit. Sellars was a perfect 4-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Smith finished 3-4 from the plate, with three RBIs and two runs. Lee was 2-3 with three runs scored from the leadoff spot.
Now 11-1 on the season, Eastern Mennonite will take its 10-game winning streak to Mary Washington on Saturday, with a doubleheader starting at 12:30pm.