The Eastern Mennonite softball team won both games of their home opener on Saturday, combining for 31 hits and 28 walks in a pair of mercy-shortened wins over Southern Vermont College.
After extending their best ever start to a season at 10-0, the Royals make a quick return to the field on Sunday, getting perhaps their best competition of the young season in a doubleheader against Mary Washington. First pitch is at 1:00pm on Gehman Field.
EMU 23, Southern Vermont 0 – 5 innings
Freshman Mariann Smith (Hood, Va./Madison County) led off EMU's first at-bat with a homerun to left, and the offense never slowed down. The Royals racked up 22 hits and 10 walks in the opener.
Mariah Foltz (Broadway, Va./Broadway) had a two-run double in the eight-run second inning. Lauren Seale (Madison, Va./Madison County) bookended EMU's scoring with a three-run blast to right in the fourth, capping a 10-run inning.
Foltz was a perfect 4-4 from the plate, scoring three times and knocking in four. Smith was also 4-4 and accounted for six runs. Seale had a hand in five scores.
Alexa Sheets (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) struck out six in 4.0 scoreless innings for her first pitching victory.
EMU 23, Southern Vermont 2 – 5 innings
The women earned 18 walks in the nightcap, tying the highest total by any team in the NCAA this season. Seale and Beck Hoskins (Danville, Va./Westover Christian Academy) each had two-run hits in the first, when EMU sent 12 batters to the plate and scored eight runs.
They sent up 19 in the second, combining two hits with 10 walks to scored 13 more runs. Cassidey Chrisman (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) added a two-run single in the third.
Seale was 2-2 with a walk, scoring three times with three more RBIs. Sydney Reath (Chambersburg, Pa./Mercersburg Academy) was 2-3 and accounted for five runs. Hoskins and Kessa Hawkins (Woodstock, Va./Central) shared the No. 2 spot in the order, and combined to go 2-2 with three walks, two runs and four RBIs.
Christine Colson (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) pitched the first two innings but did not throw long enough to qualify for the win. Savannah Jones (Stanley, Va./Page County) threw the third and fourth frames to get the win in her only pitching appearance of the season.