The EMU softball women have snapped their season-worst seven-game losing skid. After dropping the first game of Wednesday's non-conference doubleheader against Mary Washington, the Lady Royals picked up a 5-3 win in the nightcap, heading into this weekend's pair of ODAC twinbills.
Mary Washington 10, EMU 7
Game one sailed scorelessly into the third where the Eagles plated two. Courtney Allman (Mt. Solon, VA/Fort Defiance) blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to leapfrog Eastern Mennonite to a 3-2 lead.
But UMW had a quick answer, going back in front with two runs in the fifth. The visitors added three more in the sixth to build up a 7-3 cushion. The Lady Royals got bases loaded singles from Jordan Aylor (Madison, VA/Madison County) and Nicolette Cuevas (Suffolk, VA/King's Fork), however, to score three of their own and get back within one, 7-6.
Mary Washington got some much-needed insurance with a trio of two-out runs in the top of the seventh. Those runs became huge, as the women scored once in their final at-bat, but left the tying run at the plate when Allman struck out.
Molly Smith (Elkton, VA/Spotswood) and Allman led the offensive attack as they combined to go 4-7 with four runs scored and four RBIs. Smith was 3-4 and scored twice. Allman homered and walked, charting three RBIs with her seventh longball of the year. Aylor also reached twice, singling and walking.
Aylor started in the circle as well, giving up seven runs in six innings to fall to 7-5. Kaitlyn Morris (Elkton, VA/Page County) gave up the three runs in the seventh.
EMU 5, Mary Washington 3
Despite getting only five hits in the nightcap, the Lady Royals bunched three of them in the first inning and jumped to a 3-0 lead. Smith had a two-run double and Aylor added an RBI single.
The Eagles got solo homeruns in the second and fourth innings to slice the lead to 3-2, but Lauren Campbell (Stuarts Draft, VA/Stuarts Draft) perfectly executing a squeeze play in the bottom of the fourth, plating a run to make it 4-2.
Aylor roped a two-out RBI double in the fifth to put the lead back at three before Mary Washington got their final run with two outs in the sixth.
Campbell pitched all seven innings, scattering four hits and two walks, to improve to 2-0.
Aylor finished 2-3 with two RBIs while Smith was 1-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Allman again reached base twice, with a single and a walk.
The Lady Royals move to 17-17 and end their losing skid, despite missing a few players due to illness. EMU heads into their final weekend, likely fighting for the eighth and final spot in next week's ODAC Tournament. The women are currently 5-11 in the ODAC, holding a one-game lead over 4-12 Guilford.
Eastern Mennonite hosts Sweet Briar on Saturday, with Parents Recognition Day starting at 1:00pm. On Sunday, the women host Lynchburg on Senior Day, with first pitch at 2:00pm.