April 17, 2013

UMW Softball Splits Wednesday Twinbill at Eastern Mennonite

The University of Mary Washington softball team scored eight runs in the final three innings to top Eastern Mennonite University, 10-7, in game one of their Wednesday doubleheader in Harrisonburg, Va., and dropped the nightcap, 5-3, in the final nonconference games of the season for the Eagles.

In the opener, UMW scored twice in the third inning, as Hannah Williams, Brandee Adams, and Bireet Chitty singled to load the bases, and Kerry Busby followed with a two-run single. After the Royals scored three times in the fourth, UMW reclaimed the lead with two in the fifth as Busby provided another two-run single.

UMW scored three in the sixth and three in the seven to put the game away. In the sixth, Brandee Adams provided a two-run single, stole second, and scored on a Bireet Chitty single. In the seventh, Hannah Otterman douled home Emily Briggs, and Stefannie Asselanis singled home Otterman and Alex Tenney.

Adams and Busby led UMW with three hits apiece, while Citty and Asselanis each had two hits. Otterman gained the win, allowing seven hits and four earned runs in seven innings, with three walks and nine strikeouts.

In the nightcap, EMU scored three in the first and added single runs in the fourth and fifth, while UMW tallied single runs in the second, fourth, and sixth. UMW scored in the second on a Busby home run, and again in the fourth on another Busby solo homer. In the sixth, Busby walked and scored on an Emily Briggs double.

Busby's homers accounted for half of UMW's four hits. Senior Annie Blaine took the loss, allowing three earned runs in six innings, with four walks and two strikeouts.

The Eagles will close the regular seaosn on Saturday at Wesley College at 12:30 p.m.