Coming off a solid weekend was the Emory & Henry Softball team, as they swept Methodist by a final score of 3-0 and a 9 run-rule win in six innings.
In the first game, E&H struck quickly with two runs in the second as junior centerfielder Leah Elswick brought a run in on a sacrifice fly, and then sophomore catcher Amanda Whitlow smacked a double into right field to drive in the other.
The score would remain that way through the top of the seventh, when the Wasps added one more insurance run off of a double by junior Caley Hodge. First-year Tiffany Cole picked up the win for the Wasps, pitching a complete game with the just two hits to move to 2-1 on the mound for the year. The Wasps smacked nine hits in total off Monarchs pitcher Emily Hester.
The second game is when E&H exploded on offense. The game remained scoreless through the first inning until E&H added two runs in the top of the second. The Wasps weren’t done yet, in the third, the Wasps pushed the lead to 6-0 with a four run inning. Thanks in part to errors by the Monarchs, which helped the Wasps capitalized on three runs in the frame. Senior Riley Pudney added another run with an RBI single in the fifth and then the Wasps pushed through the eight run rule in the sixth. Senior Alison Hughs knocked a single up the middle to score the last run for the Wasps. Junior Emily Kendrick pitched a complete game allowing four hits to go with the shutout. Errors doomed the Monarchs as they allowed nine errors in the game to account for five of the Wasps runs unearned.
The main offensive power for E&H was junior Caley Hodge who went 5-7 combined with three doubles in both games. The doubleheader shutout sweep was the Wasps first since defeating Bridgewater back in 2014.
The Wasps will have their home opening weekend on Saturday, March 4-5 as they host Marietta College and Oberlin College in the second annual Emory & Henry Tri-Header. The Wasps will face Marietta, Saturday at noon and then Oberlin right after at 2 p.m.
– Will Seidel