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Emory & Henry Softball Splits A Pair Of Games At Mountain Mash Saturday

Alex Braun takes a sign from the catcher.
-photo courtesy of Kauhlil King, E&H '19

UPDATE: On Friday, April 5, tournament, league and umpiring officials confirmed that Emory & Henry's game with Wilson College, scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m., but which was not played was a 7-0 forfeit in favor of E&H.


SALEM, Va. – The Emory & Henry College Softball Team (4-5) got a pair of games in at the Mountain Mash, hosted by Virginia Wesleyan University and Roanoke College Saturday at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex. The Wasps fell by a 12-4 score to Kean University in the first game of the day, but responded to take an 11-1 "run-rule" victory over Frostburg State University.

The Wasps' third game of the day against Wilson College was cancelled due to transportation issues with the Phoenix.

The Basics
GAME ONE Kean 12, Emory & Henry 4
GAME TWO Emory & Henry 11, Frostburg State 1 (six innings)
GAME THREE Emory & Henry 7, Wilson 0 (forfeit by Wilson)
– Salem, Virginia
VENUE – James I. Moyer Sports Complex
RECORDS – Emory & Henry 4-5 (0-0 ODAC)

Game One – Kean 12, Emory & Henry 4
- After a scoreless first inning, Kean got on the board on a squeeze play by Tatiana Yourstone in the second. The Cougars made it 3-0 in the third highlighted by a Julie Raba double.
- Emory & Henry tied things up in the bottom half of the third in a four-hit inning. Senior catcher Amanda Whitlow (Riner, Va.) and senior centerfielder Erin Anderson (Aylett, Va.) each had run-scoring singles in the frame.
- KU responded with three-runs in both the fourth and fifth to push the lead to 9-3. Caroline Ratti put up back-to-back RBI singles, driving in two in both frames.
- The Cougars pushed the margin to 12-3 midway through the seventh but the Wasps manufactured a run in their last at bats as sophomore first baseman Kendall Varner (Bassett, Va.) drove in freshman Hailey Mince (Trinity, N.C.) with a double.
Taryn DiGiacomo earned the complete-game win, scattering two earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts.
- E&H sophomore Cameron Derr (Cornelius, N.C.) suffered the loss, allowing six runs on four hits and two strikeouts in 1.2 innings of relief work.

Game Two – Emory & Henry 11, Frostburg State 1 (six innings)
- Emory & Henry jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to a two-run single by junior catcher Alex Thomas (Orlando, Fla.).
- The Wasps made it 6-0 midway through the game with a pair of runs in the third and fourth.
- Frostburg State got on the board in the bottom of the fourth on a triple by Carly Wirth, making the score 6-1.
- E&H scored twice more in the fifth and added three runs on a bases-clearing double by junior shortstop Leanna Toler (Abingdon, Va.) in the sixth for the 11-1 final.
- Sophomore Alex Braun (Cornelius, N.C.) earned the complete-game win, striking out nine while allowing just two hits and three walks.
- Taylor McCarty took the loss for the Bobcats, allowing 11 runs on 12 hits with four walks.

Up Next
- Emory & Henry will play its home opener on Tuesday as it hosts Bluefield College in an exhibition doubleheader.
- First pitch between the Wasps and Lady Rams is set for 2:00 p.m.