Royals Split Non-Conference Twinbill With UMW

Tiffani Shaheen has multiple hits in each of her last five games. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Tiffani Shaheen has multiple hits in each of her last five games. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The Eastern Mennonite University softball team split its doubleheader against the University of Mary Washington on Sunday afternoon in Fredericksburg, Va. The Royals fell in the first game 1-0 in eight innings, but won the second game 5-1. EMU now sits at 12-4 heading into conference play. 

Mary Washington 1, EMU 0 - 8 innings
The first game was a pitcher's duel in the first seven innings. The Eagles won the game on a fielder's choice to second base, which allowed UMW to score and end the first game in the bottom of the eighth. 

Sydney Reath (Williamsburg, Va./Mercersburg Academy) threw 7.1 innings allowing seven hits and striking out five batters. Tiffani Shaheen (Fluvanna, Va./Fluvanna County) went 3-4 in the first game while also adding a couple of stolen bases. 

EMU 5, Mary Washington 1
The Eagles struck first but would be held to one run and three hits for the duration of the second game. 

Alia Miller (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) got the bats started in the sixth inning for EMU after singling to third base. Erin Rockwell (Alexandria, Va./Bishop Ireton) and Makayla Morris (Stanardsville, Va./William Monroe) both followed up with a couple of singles, loading the bases with only one out which forced a pitching change for UMW. 

Beck Hoskins (Danville, Va./Westover Christian Academy) was walked on the next at-bat, sending pinch runner Michaela Nichols (Luray, Va./Luray) past the plate to knot the game at 1-1. Rockwell scored on the next play after Madison Cash (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) reached first on a fielder's choice. Danielle Brenneman (Waynesboro, Va./Stuarts Draft) was walked to load the bases once again, this time with two outs. Shaheen was walked on the next play, allowing Hoskins to score, unearned, making it 3-1. 

The Royals held the Eagles to one hit in the bottom of the sixth before making three quick outs. The offense kept the momentum going, as EMU struck again in the top of the seventh.

Sam Breeden (Aroda, Va./Madison County) reached first after a single to left field. Rockwell and Hoskins walked and loaded the bases with two outs. Cash then sent a 2 RBI-single to left field, allowing Hoskins and pinch runner Deborah Black (Stuarts Draft, Va./Stuarts Draft) to score the final two runs of the day. 

Kelsi Martin (Buena Vista, Va./Parry McCluer) pitched the complete game in the circle for the Royals en route to the win. Martin allowed one run on just three hits and struck out four.

Shaheen went 2-3 with a double and an RBI. Rockwell went 1-2 and added two runs in the win. Cash had three RBIs. 

The Royals are back in action on Wednesday afternoon as they open up ODAC play against No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan for a doubleheader slated with a 3:00 start.