Team Shines In Sweep Of Sweet Briar

Michaela Nichols had a career game in the nightcap with three hits, three RBIs and two stolen bases. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Michaela Nichols had a career game in the nightcap with three hits, three RBIs and two stolen bases. (photo by Scott Eyre)

EMU's softball women scored 32 runs in a doubleheader sweep at Sweet Briar College Saturday afternoon, improving to 21-7 (9-7 ODAC) on the year.

The Royals return home on Tuesday and get the other end of ODAC spectrum, hosting first place Virginia Wesleyan (33-1/14-0 ODAC). The Marlins recently took over as the No. 1 team in the NFCA national poll. Game time of Tuesday's twinbill in Harrisonburg is 3:00pm.

EMU 10, Sweet Briar 0 – 5 innings
The Royals broke the first game open with a big second inning, started by a leadoff double from Sydney Reath (Chambersburg, Pa./Mercersburg Academy). Alexa Sheets (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) had the big hit with a two-RBI single, as the women scored six times. They added one more in the third and three in the fourth for the final margin.

Beck Hoskins (Danville, Va./Westover Christian Academy) and Mariah Foltz (Broadway, Va./Broadway) each had a pair of hits and accounted for three runs. Sheets figured into three runs in the big second inning.

Reath started in the circle and improved to 10-3 with three shutout innings. Lauren Seale (Madison, Va./Madison County) struck out five in her two innings of work.

EMU 22, Sweet Briar 2 – 5 innings
The Royals had a two-out rally in the their first at-bat, getting four straight hits to jump in front 3-0. The women touched home seven times in the second, aided by four walks and an SBC error. Reath smacked a two-run double early in the rally.

Eastern Mennonite build on their 10-0 lead with another seven-spot in the third. Sheets brought in two runs with a double and Hoskins followed with a two-run triple to make the score 17-0.

After the Vixens scored a pair of unearned runs, EMU finished things off with five more hits to score five runs in the fifth.

Sheets (2-2) picked up the complete game win from the circle, striking out six batters. The sophomore also went 2-4 with a walk from the plate, scoring three times and driving in three more.

Hoskins was 2-3 with two walks, adding two runs and two RBIs. Reath and Maria Sinni (Norristown, Pa./Norristown) shared the No. 4 spot in the batting order and combined to go 4-5 with five RBIs and four runs. Michaela Nichols (Luray, Va./Luray) pinged three hits with three RBIs.