Women Flash Bats Before Taking Split Against BC

First baseman Cassidey Chrisman is third in the ODAC with 175 putouts. (photo by Scott Eyre)
First baseman Cassidey Chrisman is third in the ODAC with 175 putouts. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The softball women started on a high note before settling for a split against rival Bridgewater College at home on Wednesday.

Eastern Mennonite sits at 19-7 overall and 7-7 in the ODAC after the day. They step out of conference play tomorrow in a rescheduled twinbill at Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Va. The Royals head to Sweet Briar on Saturday before hosting Virginia Wesleyan, the newly crowned No. 1 team in the nation, Tuesday in Harrisonburg.

EMU 8, Bridgewater 2
After giving up a two-out run to the Eagles in the first, EMU's bats took over in the second. Lauren Seale (Madison, Va./Madison County) started the rally with a one-out single. After Savannah Jones doubled, Seale came in on an RBI groundout. The women continued with two outs, getting an RBI single from Mariann Smith (Hood, Va./Madison County) and a two-run double from Alexa Sheets (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) for a 4-1 lead.

Sydney Reath (Chambersburg, Pa./Mercersburg Academy) and Jones smacked RBI doubles in the third to push the edge to 6-1. The Royals add a single run in each the fifth and sixth, while BC could only one a single two-out score in their last at-bat.

Seale (8-2) earned the complete game win from the circle, striking out seven Eagles.

Jones had a pair of doubles with an RBI and a run scored to pace a balanced attack. Seale also had a pair of hits, while Reath accounted for three runs.

Bridgewater 5, EMU 3
Even with the Royals getting hits early, the second game had a slow start.

Eastern Mennonite finally was the first team to get on the scoreboard, scoring twice in the third, including an RBI single from Mariah Foltz (Broadway, Va./Broadway).

But the Eagles took advantage of some free passes to plate two in the fourth, tying the score at 2-2. Then a two-out error in the fifth opened the door for two unearned BC runs. A bases loaded wild pitch gave Bridgewater a 5-2 lead midway through the fifth.

EMU's batters came out aggressively in the bottom of the frame, and got one run back on a two-out RBI single from Cassidey Chrisman (Staunton, Va./Riverheads).

After a 1-2-3 seventh from Seale, who had entered in the circle during the fifth, pinch hitter Maria Sinni (Norristown, Pa./Norristown) led off EMU's final chance with a walk. But the rest of the team couldn't piece together any hits to mount a comeback, leaving the Royals with a disappointing end to the day.

The women out-hit BC in the game, 9-6. Sheets and Foltz each had a pair of singles.

Reath was the starting pitcher but fell to 9-3 after allowing all five runs in 5.0 innings. Seale did not allow a hit in her 2.0 innings of relief.

Coach J.D. McCurdy said his team needs to rebound from the loss: