ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- No. 10 Emory got off to a solid start at the University Athletic Association tournament on Thursday, picking up impressive victories against Case Western Reserve and Washington University in St. Louis. The Eagles opened with a five-inning, 14-2 decision against CWRU before posting an 8-0 five-inning triumph against the Bears of Washington U.

Emory now stands 16-0 on the year.

In the opener, Emory had 10 players account for the team’s 13-hit attack, led by freshmen Megan Light and Claire Bailey and junior Jessica Thomas with a pair each. Light knocked in five runs and Thomas added three RBI in helping the Eagles notch their fourth contest of 10 or more runs this season.

Light drove in her initial run in the bottom of the first inning when she stroked a two-out single that scored sophomore Ellyn Kocoloski, one of four times Kocoloski crossed the plate. After the Spartans answered with two runs in the top of the second on the strength of a two-run homer by Courtney Branson, the Eagles exploded for seven runs in the third.

After Emory tied the game at 2-2 following a bases-loaded walk to Kocoloski, Light blasted a grand slam, upping the Eagles' lead to 6-2. Thomas followed that with a solo blast while freshman Catherine Norman drove in Meaghan Schultz with a single. Emory then added three runs in the third and fourth innings. 

Freshman pitcher Lena Brottman came on in relief to pick up her eighth win of the season in as many decisions, tossing three innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits while fanning two.

The Eagles continued their offensive onslaught against Washington U. with Light and Thomas each blasting two homers.

Light’s first round tripper of the game, a two-run shot, came in the first inning and got the Eagles off to a 2-0 lead. Emory doubled its lead the following frame when a two-out single by Claire Bailey scored Lauren Gorodetsky and Sophia Tarte.

In the third, Emory used the long ball in tacking up three more runs with a two-homer by Light and solo shot by Thomas doing the damage. Thomas accounted for the game’s final run with another solo homer, her seventh of the campaign, in the fifth inning.

Bridget Holloway continued her outstanding play on the mound, boosting her record to 8-0 after allowing just three hits and striking out three.