The Eastern Mennonite softball team was in Lynchburg Wednesday for an Old Dominion Athletic Conference twinbill at Randolph College. The WildCats only scored in one inning, but scored enough to steal a split with the EMU women.
Randolph 5, EMU 4
The Lady Royals had one base runner in each of the first two innings but couldn't score until the third. Molly Smith (Elkton, VA/Spotswood) and Sara Jenkins (Stanley, VA/Page County) each provided two-out RBI singles to give the women the first lead.
As well as the first two innings went for the defense, the third unraveled. The WildCats put five hits together with four EMU errors to grab the lead at 5-2.
After two more scoreless innings, Eastern Mennonite sliced into the deficit in a hurry. Jenkins led off with a single and Rasheeda Crews (Brookneal, VA/William Campbell) followed with a homerun, making it 5-4. The Lady Royals would get no closer, however, managing just a walk and a hit the rest of the way to take the game one loss.
Despite out-hitting Randolph 8-7, the women were hurt by six errors. Jenkins was 2-4 with a run and an RBI. Brooke Hensley (Elkton, VA/Spotswood) reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk. Crews had just one hit, but it was her third homer of the year.
Jordan Aylor (Madison, VA/Madison County) pitched 4-1/3 innings and took the loss. Smith allowed just one hit over the final 1-2/3.
EMU 2, Randolph 0
The women settled down on defense in game two and it showed. Smith went the distance from the circle and picked up a five-hit shutout.
Megan Viafora (Stanley, VA/Page County) provided EMU all the offense they would need, shooting out a two-out, two-run homerun in the top of the fifth.
Smith coaxed out an inning-ended double play in the sixth and stranded two runners in the seventh to complete the shutout.
Viafora's second longball of the season proved the game-winner. Hensley had a double and scored a run. Allman and Sellars each had a hit and a walk. Crews had the only other hit.
The ODAC split lands Eastern Mennonite at 20-6 overall and 4-4 in the league. The Lady Royals are at Sweet Briar Thursday in a rescheduled doubleheader with the Vixen.