In a wild swing of two games, EMU took a mercy-shortened win from Southern Virginia on Tuesday before falling to the Knights in game two. The Lady Royals' home opener was moved up one day due to the impending snow forecasted for Wednesday.
EMU 11, Southern Virginia 0 – 5 innings
The first game was scoreless until the third inning. Cheyenne Cash (Elkton, VA/East Rockingham) led off with a triple and five hits later Eastern Mennonite had a 4-0 lead.
Courtney Allman (Mt. Solon, VA/Fort Defiance) ripped a deep two-run homerun with two outs in the fourth and the floodgates opened. Aislinn Lucas (Grottoes, VA/Fort Defiance) and Angelia Miller (Bridgewater, VA/Turner Ashby) each followed with longballs, giving EMU back-to-back-to-back homers. After a hit batter and a walk, Casey Racer (Madison, VA/Madison County) added a three-run jack to blow open the 11-0 cushion.
Pitcher Jordan Aylor (Madison, VA/Madison County), who only allowed two hits in the game, sent the Knights down in order in the fifth to end the game. She struck out five and didn't walk a batter to improve to 2-1.
The Lady Royals racked up 13 hits in four innings, led by Allman going 3-3 with two runs and three RBIs. The homerun was her fourth of the season and 27th of her career, tying the EMU career record of former teammate Lisa Lee.
Miller was also 3-3, scoring once and driving in two. Lucas finished 2-3 with two runs and two RBIs. Racer had three RBIs thanks to her homerun.
Southern Virginia 8, EMU 4
The tables turned in the second game, as SVU combined five hits with an error to take a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Lucas had an RBI single in the bottom of the frame, but the Knights kept attacking. The visitors scored once in the second and twice in the third, chasing starting pitcher Kaitlyn Morris (Elkton, VA/Page County).
Southern Virginia added one more in the fourth to push to a 7-1 lead.
Miller had an RBI single in the fifth, but SVU got it right back in the top of the sixth. The Lady Royals loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame, but also had two runners thrown out at home and couldn't score. Lucas led off the seventh with a double, and Eastern Mennonite scored a pair of unearned runs but still came up short.
The women had nine hits in the game to go with six errors by SVU, but couldn't take advantage and left 12 runners on base in seven innings. Lucas and Cash were the only batters with multiple hits. Brooke Sigrist (Crimora, VA/Fort Defiance) scored a pair of runs.
Morris was charged with six runs and ten hits in her 2.0+ innings of work. Molly Smith (Elkton, VA/Spotswood) and Aylor each pitched in relief.
Now 3-5 on the season, Eastern Mennonite heads back to Salisbury, MD, this weekend for the Sea Gull Classic. They play two games on Friday and two more on Saturday.