Royals Drop Two In South Carolina

Four games into her first fully healthy season, Korenn Paige is batting .300. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Four games into her first fully healthy season, Korenn Paige is batting .300. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The Royals dropped a pair of games on their second day at the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. Despite hitting .281 as a team, EMU's softball women (0-4) are still looking for their first win of the young season.

They returned to the field Tuesday for games against Gwynedd Mercy and Pfeiffer.

Mansfield 7, EMU 3
The Royals got on the board first against D-II Mansfield, getting an RBI single from Autumn Bailey (Harrisonburg, Va./East Rockingham) in the first and Korenn Paige (Winchester, Va./Sherando) in the second.

EMU's 2-0 lead held until the fifth, when the Mounties tied it with a pair of two-out hits. Mansfield then broke it open in the sixth, aided by back-to-back leadoff walks. They scored five times to build a big margin.

Cassidey Chrisman (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) and Sierra Lantz (Broadway, Va./Broadway) hit doubles in the bottom of the frame to get one run back, but that was it for the Royals.

Leadoff batter Emily Davis (King George, Va./Fredericksburg Christian) had two of EMU's 10 hits and added a walk to reach base three times. Paige also had two singles.

Emily Campbell (Broadway, Va./Broadway) pitched into the sixth inning and was tagged for all seven of Mansfield's runs. Rebecca Crothers (Scottsville, Va./Fluvanna County) threw the final 2.0 frames.

Franklin Pierce 9, EMU 0 – 5 inn.
The women struggled to get baserunners against Franklin Pierce (7-1). Courtney Hall (Gloucester, Va./Gloucester) doubled in the first and Chrisman added a two-out single in the fourth, but that was it for the offense.

FPU jumped in front with four in the second, and put the game out of reach with five in the fourth.

DeAnna Roach (Stanardsville, Va./United Christian Academy) took the start for the women with Campbell and Crothers also coming in. Each of the women allowed each one run.