Royals Pick Up a Pair of Wins To Open Spring Break Tournament

Photo credit - Scott Eyre
Photo credit - Scott Eyre

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - A win is a win, no matter how you slice it. 

Whether you end things early due to the run-rule or you walk off in extras, picking up two wins in a day is hard to do. But that's exactly what EMU did on Sunday and that's exactly how they did it. The Royals took down Hilbert in the day's first game, 11-2, in five innings before needing eight to walkoff Cedar Crest, 7-6. The wins move EMU to 4-0, 0-0 ODAC. 

 

Highlights vs Hilbert

  • The Royals scored early and often, plating eight in the first inning against Hilbert. After starter Emily Campbell picked up a groundout and a pair of strikeouts to put the Hawks down in order, the Royals offense went to work. After Bri Allen and Kendall Stettler walked and advanced to second and third on a wild pitch, Sierra Lantz also picked up a walk with Allen scoring on another wild pitch. Lantz then stole second and Stettler later scored on another wild pitch before Grace Fravel picked up another walk. A walk to Campbell loaded the bases and forced a pitching change for Hilbert. Natalye Graham took first on a walk, picking up an RBI when Lantz scored and putting EMU ahead 3-0. Becca Boone then reached base on an error, which unloaded the bases and put Boone at second. An Allen single and RBI scored Boone and then Stettler tripled, scoring Allen and giving EMU an 8-0 lead after one. 
  • Neither team would score again until the fourth. Jessica McDonaldson, who came in to pitch for EMU in the third, gave up a pair of runs but then settled down and got a strikeout to end the inning with EMU ahead 8-2. In the bottom of the frame, Kaitlyn Fletcher led off with a single and advanced to third on an error. Fravel follwed that up with a base hit, plating Fletcher. Carsen Brake picked up her first hit of the season and later came around to score, with Fravel, on an error by the third baseman.  
  • Graham came into the circle in the fifth for EMU and struck out the side to finish the game and give the Royals the win. 
  • Allen led the way offensively with three hits, an RBI and two runs. Fravel was 2-2 with a pair of runs. McDonaldson picked up the win, her first of the year. 

Highlights vs Cedar Crest

  • Graham got the start for EMU in game two and was able to work around a pair of walks to keep the Falcons off the board in the first. Allen doubled to lead off the game but was stranded at third to keep the game scoreless after one. 
  • The Falcons got on the board in the second and third, picking up five runs and bringing Campbell back into the circle for EMU. The Royals clawed their way back in in the third, using RBI from Stettler and Campbell to cut into the lead and trail 5-3 after three. 
  • Campbell was able to keep Cedar Crest off the board in the fourth, fifth and sixth while EMU came back and tied the game in the fifth and took the lead in the sixth. In the fifth, Graham doubled in Fravel and Fletcher and in the sixth, Allen scored when Lantz reached on an error. The Falcons were able to plate a run in the top of the seventh and the game went into extras. 
  • With two outs, Cedar Crest picked up a pair of singles but the runners were stranded after Campbell induced a fly out to center to end the top of the eighth. In the bottom frame, Allen led off with a double to left center and moved to third on a Lantz single. Fletcher then came up and drilled a base hit down the left field line, plating Allen and keeping EMU's 2022 record perfect through its first four games. 
  • Allen picked up another three hits, scoring three times and walking once. Fletcher also had three hits, driving in a run and scoring once. Graham, Campbell and Stettler also drove in runs. Campbell picked up the win in the circle, moving her to 2-0, holding Cedar Crest to just one run over the final 5.2 innings while striking out seven. 

By the Numbers

6 - After going just 1-6 in the season-opening series against Pitt-Bradford, Bri Allen was 6-7 in her first two games in Myrtle Beach. 
5 - This is the Royals best start since they started 12-0 to open the 2017 season. 
26 - First-year Kaitlyn Fletcher has multiple hits in three of her first four games. Her .615 average leads the ODAC and she has scored six runs in four games for EMU. 

What's Next

EMU will be back in action on Monday when they take on DeSales and Cairn. First pitch against DeSales is scheduled for 9:30 am and Cairn will start at 1:30 pm.

 

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