First Inning Runs Push Royals To Wins

Beck Hoskins drove in two runs in the game one victory. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Beck Hoskins drove in two runs in the game one victory. (photo by Scott Eyre)

Using a three run first inning in game one and a ten run inning in game two, the EMU softball women won both games of their doubleheader against Southern Virginia on Monday afternoon.

The Royals improve to 10-4 on the season with conference play ahead of them traveling to Shenandoah on Wednesday for a doubleheader beginning at 3:00pm.

EMU 6, Southern Virginia 4
Royals got off to a fortunate start in the first inning once loading the bases with two outs. Korenn Paige (Winchester, Va./Sherando) hit a dribbler out in front of home plate that was thrown down the right field line to bring home all three EMU runners.

The Knights (4-16) responded in the top of the second inning with two runs scoring on a sacrifice fly and an RBI double.

Danielle Brenneman (Waynesboro, Va./Stuarts Draft) led off the fifth inning by walking before moving up to second on a sacrifice bunt. Nicole Mongold (Page County, Va./Page County) sent a ball down the left field line for a double that scored Brenneman as the Royals added to their lead.

Southern Virginia used an RBI single to inch closer with another run in the top of the sixth, but Beck Hoskins (Danville, Va./Westover Christian Academy) hit an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to give EMU that run back. Hoskins finished 2-3 with two RBIs.

The leadoff batter for the Knights got to third base on a single to begin the top of the seventh. A sacrifice fly brought in the run, but a foul out with the bases loaded and two outs allowed the Royals to hold on to the win.

Emily Campbell (Broadway, Va./Broadway) earned her first win of the season throwing 5.2 innings giving up just one earned run on six hits while striking out two. Kelsi Martin (Buena Vista, Va./Parry McCluer) threw the last 1.1 innings to earn the save.

EMU 10, Southern Virginia 6
The Knights were out in front first scoring a run on a two-double in the top of the first inning.

The Royals scored all ten of their runs in the bottom of the first inning. EMU had nine batters reach on either a walk or hit-by-pitch in the inning. The scoring barrage was highlighted by a two-run double to left center by Alia Miller (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) for the only Royals hit of the inning.

Southern Virginia responded in the top of the third inning with four runs, two of which coming on a two-run triple by Bethanie Hudson.

Miller entered as the pitcher in the fourth inning, finishing the game by giving up just one run in four innings while striking out one to move to 3-3 on the year.