Finally playing their first games of the year in Virginia, the EMU softball team split a doubleheader Monday at Southern Virginia University. They scored five runs in each game but couldn't stop the Knights' offense in the second game. The games had originally been scheduled as EMU's season opener on Feb. 27.
The Royals stand at 3-7 as they head into Tuesday's games at Mary Baldwin. First pitch in Staunton is at 2:00pm.
EMU 5, Southern Virginia 4
Monday's opener was a back-and-forth affair, with the Royals starting the scoring in the third. Becca Boone (Winchester, Va./James Wood) triggered the rally with a leadoff single and came home on an RBI groundout from Emily Davis (King George, Va./Fredericksburg Christian). Emily Campbell (Broadway, Va./Broadway) followed with an RBI single to up EMU up 2-0.
Davis and Campbell teamed up with two-out hits in the fifth to make it 3-0, but Southern Virginia struck in the bottom of the frame. The home team got a two-out rally with two walks, an RBI single and a three-run home run to jump ahead 4-3.
Sierra Lantz (Broadway, Va./Broadway) started the sixth with a double and the Royals rallied back. Korenn Paige (Winchester, Va./Sherando) brought in Lantz with a single, and Cortney Cochran (Riner, Va./Auburn) chased in the go-ahead run with a clutch two-out single.
Campbell only allowed one hit over the final two frames to hold on for the complete game win from the circle. She improved to 3-3 with the victory. The sophomore also batted 2-4 with two RBIs. Cassidey Chrisman (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) reached base twice with a single and a walk.
Southern Virginia 11, EMU 5
The women took the first lead in the nightcap as well, with Chrisman lacing a two-out single to bring in Campbell. But the Knights quickly gained control in the bottom of the first, combining a hit batter and walk with four hits to jump ahead 4-1. They plated two more in the second for a 6-1 margin.
Campbell had a two-run single in the third, but SVU got both runs back over their next two at-bats.
Eastern Mennonite tacked on single runs in the sixth and seventh, including a solo homer from Campbell, but they couldn't get the big inning they needed for a comeback.
Campbell finished a hot game at the plate with four hits in four at-bats. She batted 6-for-8 on the day with two runs scored and five RBIs.
Davis was 2-3 with a walk, scoring one run.
Rebecca Crothers (Scottsville, Va./Fluvanna County) started in the circle and was tagged for the first two runs and the loss. DeAnna Roach (Stanardsville, Va./United Christian Academy) and Campbell each pitched 3.0 innings in relief.