Emory tops Maryville, Chris. Newport
Eagles rally for pair of victories, start season 4-0 at Emory Invite
ATLANTA -- Brooke Healey's one-out single in the bottom of the ninth scored Micah Scharff with the game-winning run against Maryville on Sunday afternoon as seventh-ranked Emory closed out a perfect opening weekend of action at the Emory Invitational.
The Eagles raised their overall record to 4-0 following the 2-1 verdict against Maryville. Earlier in the day, Emory came away with an exciting 6-5 come-from-behind triumph against No. 3 Christopher Newport.
After Maryville and Emory each scored a run in the first, the game settled down to a pitcher's duel between Emory's Lena Brottman and MC's Brittany Henry. Brottman allowed only one hit in the contest, a leadoff double by Brittany Henry, and allowed only three other base runners the rest of the game, surrendering three walks and striking out four in boosting her season record to 3-0.
Henry gave up eight hits and fanned four in sustaining the loss. Playing the tie-breaker rule starting in the eighth inning, the Scots threatened with a runner on third and just one out. However, Brottman got the next two Maryville batters to pop out to the catcher and to fly out to the right fielder to get out of the jam.
Maryville had the same situation in the ninth but a line out to second base followed by a line out to third kept the game tied. In Emory's half of the ninth, Sophia Tarte moved Scharff to third on a sacrifice bunt. Healey fell behind in the count but ripped a 0-2 pitch to left field to give the Eagles the win.
In the first game, Emory used a dramatic four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh to wipe out a 5-2 CNU lead in posting its second consecutive win against the Captains in as many days.
Megan Light smacked a two-out walk off three-run homer to give the Eagles the win. Light's round tripper came on a 3-1 offering from Melanie Hazelwood and followed a RBI single by junior Jessica Thomas that cut CNU's advantage to 5-3. It was Thomas' second RBI of the contest with her first one coming in Emory's half of the first that scored Ally Kersthold.
Thomas would score Emory's second run in the frame, crossing the plate on a wild pitch. CNU countered with single runs in the third and fourth innings before pushing three runs across in the fifth, two coming on a triple by Chelsea Mitchell. Brottman earned the win in the circle, coming on in relief of starter Bridget Holloway and tossing 2 2/3 innings of scoreless ball.