Emory tops McDaniel to open NCAAs
Holloway fires three-hitter, racks up seven Ks to lift No. 1 Eagles
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Moira Sullivan knocked in three runs and Bridget Holloway tossed a three-hitter in leading top-ranked Emory to a successful opening at the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Eagles opened the postseason on Thursday morning with a 4-1 victory against McDaniel in the first game of the Newport News Regional. The triumph represented Emory's 13th consecutive win and raised its overall record to 34-3 while McDaniel fell to 27-13 on the season.
Holloway raised her slate to 18-1 after registering her 12th complete game in 19 starts. She fanned seven batters and issued no walks en route to moving into sixth place on the school's seasonal list for wins. Offensively, the Eagles saw six different players hit safely once to account for its hit total.
The Green Terror struck first when it scored its lone run of the game in the top of the fourth. Rachel Sidney led off the inning with a single and then advanced to second following a ground out. Jordan Beans then singled down the right field line that allowed Sidney to scamper across the plate.
The Eagles responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame. Claire Bailey started the rally with a single and then advanced to third following an infield single by Megan Light and an ensuing throwing error. Bailey scored after Sophia Tarte reached first base on a fielder's choice, which moved Light to second. Light and Tarte each advanced a base following the first of two sacrifice bunts by Jessica Boni with both eventually scoring when Sullivan singled up the middle.
Emory added an insurance run in its half of the sixth when Tarte led off with a double and later crossed the plate following a sacrifice by Sullivan. Sullivan, who has played in nine contests this season, has five multiple-RBI outings to her credit.
Meanwhile, Holloway kept the McDaniel offense in check for the majority of the game and retired the last eight batters she faced. In 119.2 innings of action this year, she has struck out 84 opponents and issued just nine base-on-balls. In her last 54 innings in the circle, she has surrendered just one walk and sat down 44 foes on strikes.