McDaniel drops pair to open season at EMU
Royals tally early in both games for sweep
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Jamie Blosser went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI to lead Eastern Mennonite in the second half of a doubleheader sweep of McDaniel in non-conference softball action on Saturday.
The Royals (2-0) opened the season with a 4-2 win in game one before completing the sweep with a 10-1, five-inning victory.
Erinne Warrenfeltz (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) led the Green Terror (0-2) offensively in the opner with two hits, two RBIs and a run scored.
A Jessica Blosser single and walks from Brittany Caricofe and Megan Viafora loaded the bases in the bottom of the first inning of game one.
A Nicole Shelton two-run single and Sara Jenkins RBI base hit staked Eastern Mennonite to a 3-0 lead.
McDaniel closed to 3-2 on a Warrenfeltz two-run home run in the top of the sixth but the Royals countered with a Jessica Sullivan double and Megan Barbour RBI single in the bottom of the frame to set the final margin.
Nicole Wade threw all seven innings for EMU, scattering three hits and fanning nine.
In game two, walks by Caricofe and Viafora around a Shelton single loaded the bases for Sullivan, who roped a two-out, two-run double for an early 2-0 lead.
Jamie Blosser followed with an RBI single before a two-run double from Courtney Allman gave Eastern Mennonite a 5-0 lead after one.
A walk, two passed balls and a throwing error led to an unearned Green Terror run in the third.
A Jessica Blosser two-run single and doubles from Jamie Blosser and Caricofe keyed a four-run third that stretched the lead to 9-1 before a passed ball on a strikeout and Jessica Blosser double plated an unearned run in the fourth stretched the lead to 10-1.
The Royals held McDaniel off the board in the top of the fifth to invoke the eight-run rule.
McDaniel returns to action against Mary Baldwin at Bridgewater on Sunday. Game time is 1:30 p.m.
Score by Inning - Game
McDaniel (0-1) 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 - 2 3 0
Eastern Mennonite (1-0) 3 0 0 0 0 1 x - 4 6 2
Erinne Warrenfeltz and Hope Battista; Nicole Wade and Nicole Shelton. WP: Wade (1-0). LP: Warrenfeltz (0-1). S: none. SO-BB: Warrenfeltz 5-4; Wade 9-0. 2B: Jessica Sullivan (E). HR: Erinne Warrenfeltz (M)
Score by Inning - Game
McDaniel (0-2) 0 0 1 0 0 - 1 2 0
Eastern Mennonite (2-0) 5 0 4 1 x - 10 11 1
Ashley Meister, Kaitlyn Vadenais (4) and Devon Fogerty, Tracy Davis (4); Lisa Lee, Misty Judd (5) and Nicole Shelton. WP: Lee (1-0). LP: Meister (0-1). S: none. SO-BB: Meister 3-3, Vadenais 1-0; Lee 5-3, Judd 1-0. 2B: Brittany Caricofe (E), Jessica Sullivan (E), Jamie Blosser 2 (E), Courtney Allman (E).