Royals Push Hot Start To 5-1

Shortshop Danielle Brenneman is off to solid start at the plate and in the field. (photo by LeRoy Smith)
Shortshop Danielle Brenneman is off to solid start at the plate and in the field. (photo by LeRoy Smith)

Despite wet conditions delaying game times, EMU's softball women rolled off another pair of victories on Monday at the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The Royals are now 5-1 after crossing the halfway mark of their Spring Break trip. The women play three games on Tuesday, going back-to-back-to-back against King's (Pa.), Chatham and Wilkes, starting at 11:30am.

EMU 8, Chatham 1
The Royals blew open Monday's first game with a six-run second inning. With one out, a walk, error and walk loaded the bases, and Katelin Martin (Gouchland, Va./Gouchland) knocked in the game's first run with a single to left. Cassidey Chrisman (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) capped the rally with a two-run single to right field, pushing EMU up 6-0.

The Cougars scored an unearned run in the third, but Katelin Martin was controlling the game from the circle. She rarely allowed more than one baserunner per frame and held off Chatham. She was also involved in a two-spot in the sixth, producing the final margin.

Each team had six hits, but the Royals took advantage of three Cougar errors to bring in five unearned runs.

Katelin Martin went the distance in her first collegiate appearance, allowing just the one unearned run.

Freshmen Nicole Mongold (Page County, Va./Page County) and Katelin Martin each accounted for three runs. Kelsi Martin (Buena Vista, Va./Parry McCluer) batted 1-2 with a walk, scoring two runs. Chrisman had two RBIs with her one hit.

EMU 6, Penn State Harrisburg 4
After falling in a 4-0 hole to Penn State Harrisburg, the women scored six unanswered runs to steal the game and hand the Lions their first loss of the year.

The Royals put together five doubles in the game, and scored all of their runs off two-baggers.

Mongold started the comeback with an RBI double in the fourth. Danielle Brenneman (Waynesboro, Va./Stuarts Draft) added an RBI double in the fifth, and then she and Casey Coleman (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Knolls) scored on a double from Chrisman, tying the score at 4-4.

The women averted danger in the top of the sixth after back-to-back singles to open the frame. Three balls in the infield ended the threat and set up EMU's half of the inning.

A out-out error opened the door, which Brenneman charged through with a two-out go-ahead double. Coleman followed with another two-base hit, making it 6-4.

Alia Miller (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) relieved Kelsi Martin in the circle and fired a 1-2-3 seventh, including two strikeouts to end it.

Brenneman finished 3-3 with a walk from the plate, scoring two runs and driving in two more. Coleman and Kelsi Martin each had two hits.