Women Falter In Regular Season Finale

First baseman Alia Miller has hit safely in 12 of her last 13 games. (photo by Scott Eyre)
First baseman Alia Miller has hit safely in 12 of her last 13 games. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The Eastern Mennonite University softball team wrapped up the regular season with a pair of non-conference losses Friday afternoon at Averett University. The Royals sit at 19-17 overall and 7-11 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. 

They await the conclusion of the ODAC regular season to see if they qualify for next weekend's ODAC Tournament. The women should know this weekend whether or not they earned a spot in the top eight, although they might not know their seeding until the final rescheduled doubleheader on Tuesday between Randolph and Randolph-Macon.

Averett 5, EMU 3
The Royals were off to a good start in game one after Kelsi Martin (Buena Vista, Va./Parry McCluer) smacked a 2 RBI single to left field to bring Danielle Brenneman (Waynesboro, Va./Stuarts Draft) and Tiffani Shaheen (Fluvanna, Va./Fluvanna County) across home plate. 

Averett overcame the deficit after a couple of hard-hit doubles to take the lead, 3-2, in the bottom of the first frame. 

In the top of the second, Shaheen doubled to center field and advanced to third on a throwing error, which allowed Beck Hoskins (Danville, Va./Westover Christian Academy) to knot the game at 3-3. 

The Cougars would go on to get two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to cap off the scoring at 5-3. 

Shaheen went 2-3 with one run and one RBI. 

Madison Cash (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) started in the circle for the Royals, allowing five runs on six hits. Martin pitched the final 1.0 in relief. 

Averett 6, EMU 2
The Cougars broke a scoreless tie in the third inning due to six hits and three costly EMU errors. 

The Royals got one run back immediately in the top of the fourth on Sam Breeden's pinch-hit, RBI single, which allowed Deborah Black (Stuarts Draft, Va./Stuarts Draft) to get on the board for EMU. 

However, Averett would get a couple more runs in the fourth and sixth to make it a 6-1 game. EMU would find one more run in the top of the seventh with a bases loaded walk to make the final score 6-2.

Brenneman, Martin, and Alia Miller (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) each went 2-4.

Erin Rockwell (Alexandria, Va./Bishop Ireton) pitched the complete game in the circle for EMU, allowing six runs off 13 hits.