Despite a dominating win in the opener, EMU's softball women settled for an ODAC split in their doubleheader at Shenandoah on Wednesday.
The Royals are 11-5 overall as they prepare for a big conference weekend. Eastern Mennonite hosts ODAC twinbills against Emory & Henry on Saturday and Guilford on Sunday. First pitch both days is at 1:00pm.
EMU 7, Shenandoah 1
After a 1-2-3 first, the women erupted in the top of the second, sending 10 batters to the plate and bringing home four. Alia Miller (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) and Kelsi Martin (Buena Vista, Va./Parry McCluer) opened the frame with back-to-back doubles for the first run, and Cassidey Chrisman (Staunton, Va./Riverheads), Danielle Brenneman (Waynesboro, Va./Stuarts Draft) and Beck Hoskins (Danville, Va./Westover Christian Academy) each knocked in a run.
McKenzie Reams (Gouchland, Va./Gouchland) had a two-out RBI single in the third to make it 5-0, where it stayed until the sixth.
Martin was effectively working out of jams from the circle. Although she only threw one 1-2-3 inning, the sophomore kept SU off the scoreboard until a two-out run in the bottom of the seventh. She spread out eight hits in a complete game win.
The Royals, meanwhile, added a single run in each of their final two at-bats, providing the final 7-1 margin. The women finished with 12 hits and six walks.
Chrisman batted 3-4 with an RBI. Hoskins, Miller and Martin each had two hits, one run and one RBI.
Despite the easy win, EMU left 13 runners on base.
Shenandoah 7, EM6 – 8 innings
The Royals scored first in the nightcap, getting a two-run triple from Martin with two outs in the first. Shenandoah had their own two-run two-out hit in the bottom of the frame, however, tying the score at 2-2.
Sierra Lantz (Broadway, Va./Broadway) cracked a two-run double with two outs in the third, putting EMU back in front although SU got one back in their half of the third.
The Hornets had a pair of extra base hits in the fourth, tacking on two more runs for their first lead of the day at 5-4.
Nicole Mongold (Page County, Va./Page County) tied it at 5-5 in the top of the fifth, when she ended up stealing home on a failed squeeze play.
In the seventh, each team had runners on first and second with nobody out, but neither could touch home as the game went into extra innings.
Utilizing the international tiebreaker rule, EMU got their runner home in the eighth on Emily Campbell's (Broadway, Va./Broadway) two-out single. But the Hornets did one better, tying the score on a leadoff triple, and then taking the win on a walk-off sacrifice fly.
Lantz finished 2-3 with a walk and two RBIs, while Brenneman singled and walked twice. Martin finished 1-3 with a walk, driving in two and coming home once herself. Mongold scored two runs.
Miller started in the circle, but took a no-decision after giving up three runs in 2.1 innings. Only one was earned. Martin (6-2) threw the final 5.0, tagged for just her second loss of the season.