Ranked R-MC Shuts Down EMU Softball Women

Junior Taylor Hensley has provided solid defensive play in EMU's outfield. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Junior Taylor Hensley has provided solid defensive play in EMU's outfield. (photo by Scott Eyre)

EMU's softball women continued their solid play Tuesday at nationally ranked Randolph-Macon. The young Royals held their own, but couldn't crack R-MC's tough pitching staff in suffering a pair of losses.

The women slip to 12-10 overall and 2-6 in ODAC play. They step out of the conference but return home on Wednesday, hosting Mary Washington in a doubleheader at 3:00pm.

No. 24 Randolph-Macon 3, EMU 0
Shortstop Danielle Brenneman (Waynesboro, Va./Stuarts Draft) led off the game with a double, but after a foul out and strikeout, Brenneman was cut down trying to steal to end the threat. In the second, the Royals got runners on first and second with two outs before a popup turned into the third out.

Those turned out to be the best scoring opportunities against R-MC ace Candace Whittemore, who allowed just three hits.

Meanwhile Kelsi Martin (Buena Vista, Va./Parry McCluer) was doing a good job in the circle for EMU. But she hit a bump in the third by giving up a leadoff double. That turned into a two-run frame for the Yellow Jackets. A leadoff single in the fifth came home on a sacrifice fly, providing the final 3-0 margin.

Brenneman, Cassidey Chrisman (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) and McKenzie Reams (Goochland, Va./Goochland) had the women's only hits. Sierra Lantz (Broadway, Va./Broadway) got on with a walk.

No. 24 Randolph-Macon 6, EMU 0
The Royals earned seven base runners in the nightcap, but only once did they get more than one on in a single inning. That was in the fifth when Emily Davis (King George, Va./Fredericksburg Christian) reached on a one-out error and Katelin Martin (Goochland, Va./Goochland) was hit by a pitch. Davis got to third tagging up on a fly ball, but she was stranded there after the third out.

Randolph-Macon, meanwhile, was efficient with their opportunities, scoring four runs over the first three innings. Back-to-back RBI doubles in the sixth bumped the score to 6-0.

Chrisman and Emily Campbell (Broadway, Va./Broadway) had EMU's only singles of the game. Rebecca Crothers (Scottsville, Va./Fluvanna County) and Alia Miller (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) each drew a walk.

Campbell also started in the circle and pitched the first 1.2 innings, while Miller threw the final 4.1. Each allowed three runs.