Royals Pitch Shut Out And Get Shut Out

Sara Jenkins was a homerun shy of hitting for the cycle in the win over Wilson.
Sara Jenkins was a homerun shy of hitting for the cycle in the win over Wilson.

The Eastern Mennonite University softball women opened up their 2012 season Friday, playing a pair of games at the Triangle Classic in Raleigh, NC. The Royals had plenty of offense in game one, but were shut out in game two, earning a split on opening day.

EMU 10, Wilson 0
The women had their bats going right away in game one and Lisa Lee (Buckingham, VA/Buckingham County) was also in fine form on the mound.  Lee, who broke the program record with 19 wins as a junior last spring, threw a three-hit shutout and struck out eight.

The offense rapped out 15 hits, including six extra base hits, and scored in five of their seven at-bats.

Courtney Allman (Mt. Solon, VA/Fort Defiance) figured into EMU's first four runs, knocking in three and scoring the other.  Freshman Jordan Aylor (Madison, VA/Madison County) added a two-run homerun in the sixth to push the lead to 7-0.  Three hits turned into three more in the seventh for the final tally.

Allman finished 3-5 from the plate with three RBIs.  Sara Jenkins (Stanley, VA/Page County) was also 3-5 with a double and triple.  Aylor, Molly Smith (Elkton, VA/Spotswood) and Brooke Hensley (Elkton, VA/Spotswood) each had a pair of hits.

Meredith 2, EMU 0
The Royals then locked up with co-host Meredith in a pitcher's duel.

Neither team scored until the fifth inning, when the Avenging Angels snuck in an unearned run with two outs.

Allman led off the bottom of the fifth with EMU's first hit, a single to left.  But the second baseman was stranded on second as no one else could get the ball out of the infield.

Meredith tacked an insurance run on the board in the sixth, when they got back-to-back doubles with two outs.

The Royals got another leadoff single in the sixth, this time from Rachel Breeden (Shenandoah, VA/Page County).  But the women failed to get another hit, leaving Breeden on base.

Just as the sixth came to close, a massive downpour erupted on the field and the umpires called the game.

Aylor pitched the game and suffered the hard-luck loss in her collegiate debut.  She scattered seven hits while striking out four.  The defense committed three errors for the second straight game.

The Royals, 1-1, continue play at the Triangle Classic on Saturday, taking on St. Elizabeth at 9:00am and co-host Peace at 1:00pm.