The Eastern Mennonite University's softball women advanced in the loser's bracket of the ODAC Tournament before falling to tourney's top seed Saturday in Salem, Va. The Royals started the day with a win against the eighth seed Guilford College before falling to top-seeded Virginia Wesleyan.
#6 EMU 4, #8 Guilford 0
The Royals didn't waste time getting on the board after a sacrifice fly from Sam Breeden (Aroda, Va./Madison County) brought in the first run of the game. Danielle Brenneman (Waynesboro, Va./Stuarts Draft) got on base first before Sydney Reath's (Williamsburg, Va./Mercersburg Academy) double advanced her to third base. Breeden flied out to right field to get Brenneman to home plate.
After a couple of scoreless frames the Royals went back to the bats in the fourth inning. Kelsi Martin (Buena Vista, Va./Parry McCluer) led off the inning with a homerun to left field. Madison Cash (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) smacked an RBI single to left field to make it 3-0.
Cash hit another RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to cap the scoring at 4-0.
Erin Rockwell (Alexandria, Va./Bishop Ireton) went 1-2 and added a pair of runs in the victory.
Martin pitched the complete game in the circle for EMU, not giving up any runs and scattering nine hits.
#1 Virginia Wesleyan 4, #6 EMU 2
The game against the Marlins, who have topped the national poll all season, started slow before the Royals got on the board in the top of the third frame.
Cash and Tiffani Shaheen (Fluvanna, Va./Fluvanna County) singled to put EMU in scoring position. Brenneman loaded the bases on a VWU throwing error. Breeden followed with the big swing, a 2-RBI single up the middle to make it 2-0.
Unfortunately the early lead wasn't enough, as the Marlins grabbed four runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Martin and Reath split the duties in the circle, with Martin allowing the four runs anda taking the loss in 3.2 innings of work. Reath pitched 2.1 innings.
After making it to the final four teams in the ODAC Softball Tournament, EMU's young women end the year with a record of 21-19.