Royals Come Up Short Against No. 7 Randolph-Macon

Freshman Danielle Brenneman had one of EMU's five hits in the opener. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Freshman Danielle Brenneman had one of EMU's five hits in the opener. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The EMU softball women dropped an ODAC doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon in Harrisonburg against No. 7 Randolph-Macon. The Royals, now 13-9 overall and 1-5 in the conference, play at Randolph College on Saturday afternoon in a conference doubleheader.

The Royals were scheduled to play against Mary Baldwin tomorrow afternoon, but the game is now cancelled due to player sickness. 

R-MC 3, EMU 0
The Yellow Jackets, the second best hitting team in the conference with a .345 team batting average, got on the board first in the top of the second after scoring a pair of unearned runs. 

After a couple of quiet innings, Erin Rockwell (Alexandria, Va./Bishop Ireton) led of the bottom of the fifth with a single. Beck Hoskins (Danville, Va./Westover Christian Academy) followed up with a fielder's choice to put two on base for EMU. However, on the next play R-MC caught both runners stealing and turned a double play. 

With two outs, Alia Miller (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) singled through the left side and was then put in scoring position after Kelsi Martin (Buena Vista, Va./Parry McCluer) smacked a double to right field. The Royals missed their chances to get on the board after a groundout ended the inning. 

The Yellow Jackets capped of their scoring in the seventh inning after a pair of stolen bases and a sacrifice fly brought in the baserunner. 

Martin had an all around great effort for the Royals in the circle and at the plate. Martin allowed three runs off of four hits and struck out three. She also went 2-2 with a pair of doubles. 

Danielle Brenneman (Waynesboro, Va./Stuarts Draft) and Rockwell each went 1-3 while Miller went 1-2. 

R-MC 3. EMU 0
The second game started with two hitless innings on both sides. Catcher Sam Breeden (Aroda, Va./Madison County) picked off R-MC's only baserunner, which was followed up by a flyout to end the inning. 

The Yellow Jackets ended the standstill and got on the board in the fourth inning with two outs. Randolph-Macon's Harley Jones singled to centerfield, sending the runner from second to home. The throw home to Breeden was not in time to get the runner, but Breeden in turn gunned it to second to retire Jones who was trying to get the extra base. Because the runner scored before the final out the run counted making it a 1-0 game. 

R-MC went on to score two more in the fifth inning to make it a 3-0 game. 

The Royals had a couple more chances in the bottom of the sixth after getting two runners in scoring position. Breeden walked, putting Deborah Black (Stuarts Draft, Va./Stuarts Draft) on first base to pinch run. Michaela Nichols (Luray, Va./Luray) followed up with a single down the third base line. Black and Nichols advanced to second and third on a passed ball with no outs, but never made it to home plate. 

Sydney Reath (Williamsburg, Va./Mercersburg Academy) pitched the complete game for the Royals and allowed only three runs on nine hits. Nichols provided the sole hit for the Royals.