No. 7 Emory tops Millsaps, Lynchburg
Eagles win pair of games at Emory Classic, raise record to 9-1
ATLANTA -- Megan Light collected four hits and knocked in four runs, including the deciding score in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 9-8 victory against Millsaps, to highlight a productive day for seventh-ranked Emory.
After picking up the extra-inning triumph against the Majors in the first game of the Emory Classic, the Eagles recorded a 9-1 five-inning win vs. Lynchburg to raise their record to 9-1 on the year.
Light's four hits were part of a 15-hit attack against Millsaps that saw Claire Bailey go 5-for-5 at the plate with a pair of RBIs. Jamie Dodich also picked up a pair of hits for the Eagles in the extra-inning victory.
With the teams using the tie-breaker procedure, Millsaps scored a pair of runs in its half of the eighth with Emily Collins and Caroline Thompson delivering run-producing singles. The Eagles responded in dramatic fashion in its half of the frame when Light socked a two-run homer to knot the game at 7-7.
Millsaps then went ahead by an 8-7 count after pushing one run across in the top of the ninth, but Emory tied the contest on a Bailey single that scored Lauren Gorodetsky. That set the stage for Light's hit that pushed home Ally Kersthold who singled earlier in the inning.
Bridget Holloway tossed 5 1/3 innings of relief in picking up the win for Emory. Holloway surrendered six hits and struck out three.
The Eagles pounded out 11 hits against Lynchburg with Jessica Boni hitting safely in all three of her plate appearances while scoring twice and knocking in one run. Micah Scharff turned in a big game, picking up two hits and driving home a pair of runs with a two-out double that sparked a three-run first inning for the Eagles.
After Lynchburg scored its lone run in its half of the third, Emory tacked on three runs in the bottom of the frame with Brooke Healey picking up the first of her three RBIs on a single that allowed Scharff to score. Emory scored three more times in the fourth with Boni driving in a run with a two-out single that scored Jessica Thomas and Healey following with a two-run single.
Holloway picked up her second win on the day and fifth in six decisions on the year, tossing the first four innings and striking out three. Jamie Melson finished the game, hurling one inning of relief for the Eagles.