The Eastern Mennonite softball women picked up a pair of shutouts Thursday, sweeping Sweet Briar on the road. The Lady Royals have now pitched three straight shutouts and haven't allowed a run for 20 straight innings.
EMU 20, Sweet Briar 0 – 5 innings
The women got going quickly against the Vixen, plating 11 runs in their first at-bat. EMU added four more in the second and then wrapped up the scoring with five in the fifth.
The Lady Royals had 16 hits and coaxed out 12 walks. Brooke Hensley (Elkton, VA/Spotswood), Rasheeda Crews (Brookneal, VA/William Campbell) and Rachel Breeden (Shenandoah, VA/Page County) each hit homeruns.
Sara Jenkins (Stanley, VA/Page County) had a team high four hits with three RBIs and three runs scored. Hensley scored three times and had two RBIs. Breeden went 2-2 with two walks. She had three runs and two RBIs. Megan Viafora (Stanley, VA/Page County) touched home four times.
Jordan Aylor (Madison, VA/Madison County) pitched the complete game shutout, allowing just one hit with five strikeouts.
EMU 9, Sweet Briar 0 – 5 innings
Molly Smith (Elkton, VA/Spotswood) and Jenkins hit back-to-back homers in the first as the women jumped ahead 3-0. Viafora, Smith and Crews each hit a double in the second as the women brought in another three runs.
Smith hit her second longball of the game in the fifth, a three-run blast which provided the final score of 9-0.
Eastern Mennonite had a 13-4 edge in hits, led by Smith, who went 4-4 with two homeruns. She had six RBIs and three runs scored. Crews went 3-3 with a walk.
Hensley scored three times and Viafora scored twice and had an RBI.
Smith was also in the circle for the complete game win, striking out three.
The two wins push EMU to 22-6 overall and 6-4 in the ODAC. They are off until next Tuesday when the women travel to Roanoke.