Royals End Year With Commanding 7-1 Win At Roanoke

Casey Coleman had a pair of hits in the opener against Roanoke. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Casey Coleman had a pair of hits in the opener against Roanoke. (photo by Scott Eyre)

EMU's softball women wrapped up the year with a 7-1 win at Roanoke College on Monday. The women had dropped the first game of the doubleheader in extra innings, but recovered to end the season on a positive note.

The Royals close with a record of 16-20 overall and 5-15 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. This breaks an impressive 13-year streak of advancing to the ODAC Tournament.

Roanoke 3, EMU 2 – 8 inn.
The Royals struck first when Casey Coleman (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Knolls) led off the second with a triple. After a pair of outs, freshman Sierra Lantz (Broadway, Va./Broadway) slapped a single through the left side to chase Coleman home for the 1-0 lead.

Pitcher Kelsi Martin (Buena Vista, Va./Parry McCluer) was holding Roanoke down from the circle. She didn't allow a hit until two outs in the third, and never allowed more than one base runner through the first six innings.

EMU maintained the 1-0 edge until the bottom of the seventh in a rally started by a one-out error. A hit batter put two runners on base. Martin got a strike out for the second out, but a single brought around the lead runner to tie up the game at 1-1.

In the extra inning, Coleman poked a two-out single to left center to bring in EMU's runner for a 2-1 lead.

The Maroons sacrificed their runner to third, and then tied it again with a single to center. After another HBP, a base hit back to center brought the game-winning run in as Roanoke stole the decision.

EMU out-hit the Maroons 9-5, but the Maroons took advantage late, getting three hits, combined with two hit batters and an EMU error in the seventh and eighth frames.

Coleman had a pair of hits, scoring one of the Royals' runs and driving in the other. Lantz and Nicole Mongold (Page County, Va./page County) each had two singles.

EMU 7, Roanoke 1
Despite the late loss in the opener, the women regrouped in the nightcap. Beck Hoskins (Danville, Va./Westover Christian Academy) hit a one-out single in the first, and then executed a double steal with Mongold to grab the 1-0 lead.

Roanoke tied it in the bottom of the second, and the score remained locked at 1-1 until the fifth. That's when Lantz smashed a solo home run to left, giving her team the lead while taking over the team lead with her third homer of the season.

The Maroons had three singles in the bottom of the frame, but pitcher Alia Miller (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) got out of the jam with a strikeout and pop up.

The momentum carried into the sixth, where Miller slapped a one-out single. After an error and single, the women had the bases loaded. Cassidey Chrisman (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) and Lantz hit back-to-back singles to plate two runs. An out later, Danielle Brenneman (Waynesboro, Va./Stuarts Draft) walked in another run, and Hoskins lofted a two-run single to cap a five-run inning, ballooning the lead to 7-1.

Miller then finished things off from the circle, retiring the final six Roanoke batters to wrap up the win.

Lantz batted 2-3 with two runs and two RBIs. Hoskins was 2-4 with two RBIs and a run in her final collegiate game.

Miller scattered seven hits in the complete game win, which also knocked Roanoke from a spot in the ODAC Tournament.

Seniors
Beck Hoskins
was the only senior starter playing her final game. Dallas Crawford (Front Royal, Va./Warren County) and Brittany Viands (Hedgesville, W.V./Hedgesville) each drew a pinch-hit appearance in the contest. The only other senior on the team is Sydney Reath (Williamsburg, Va./Mercersburg Academy), the program's career leader in doubles who rehabbed from an injury in time to play in both games on Senior Recognition Day against Randolph on April 13.