Emory tops Washington-St. Louis
Eagles capture the UAA title for the third consecutive time
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- No. 2 Emory closed out a successful run at the University Athletic Association Tournament on Saturday with a victory against No. 21 Washington-St. Louis. The Eagles topped the Bears by a 7-2 margin and in the process captured the league's outright championship. On Saturday, Emory had clinched a tie for the crown. With the win against WU, Emory stands 23-3 overall and finished off the UAA portion of the schedule with a 6-2 mark.
Emory spread out its offensive attack with four players hitting safely twice as it rang up a total of 11 hits. Sophomore Megan Light homered for the team-leading seventh time this season and drove in a pair of runs to highlight the effort while freshman Micah Scharff and sophomore Sophia Tarte each scored twice while registering a pair of hits.
The Eagles never trailed in the contest, scoring twice in the bottom of the first with Light and senior left fielder Jessica Thomas coming through with run-producing singles. After the Bears cut Emory's lead in half with a run in the top of the third, the Eagles added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to extended their advantage to 4-1. Emory put the game out of reach when it crossed the plate three times in the sixth. Tarte got things rolling with a double that scored Scharff who led off the frame with a single before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt. After back-to-back walks to Light and Thomas loaded the bases, senior Jessica Boni stroked a single to left field that scored Tarte. The Eagles scored their final run after a bases-loaded walk to sophomore Lauren Gorodetsky scored Light.
Sophomore pitcher Amanda Kardys went the distance in the circle and raised her record to 5-2, allowing 11 hits and striking out six.
This year's performance at the UAAs represented the third consecutive year and sixth time that the Eagles had brought home the conference title.