ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — No. 2 Emory clinched at least a share of the University Athletic Association title Friday following its 4-3 victory against 24th-ranked Washington (Mo.). The Eagles boosted their overall record to 30-1 (6-0 UAA) as the Bears slipped to 17-4 overall, 5-2 in league play.
Though it was outhit by a 9-4 margin, Emory capitalized on its best scoring opportunity, collecting three hits and scoring all four its runs in the top of the fourth inning.
The Eagles went into the fourth frame trailing by a 1-0 margin but tied things on a sacrifice fly by freshman Alyssa Pollard. Pollard scored pinch-runner Courtney Sugihara.
Later in the fourth, a wild pitch scored Hannah Sendel, putting the Eagles ahead 2-1. Junior Lauren Gorodetsky delivered a clutch two-out, two-run single that closed out the Eagles’ scoring for the inning and the game.
The Bears scored a run in their half of the fifth to draw to within 4-2 and threatened in the seventh, scoring once and having the tying run on third with two out. However, junior Amanda Kardys got out of the jam and raised her win-loss record to 18-1, tossing all seven innings and giving up nine hits while striking out four.
Emory outfielder Gorodetsky has enjoyed UAA conference championship play, hitting .588 with 10 hits in 17 plate appearances.
The Eagles can win the title outright with a win in one of their two games on Saturday or a Washington (Mo.) loss.