Strong Pitching Leads Wasps to Sweep Opponents

Emory & Henry Softball continues to dominate with a weekend sweep of visiting Marietta College and Oberlin College. The first game between Marietta and Oberlin wasn’t much of a game as Marietta trounced Oberlin in an Eight-Run Advantage Rule. E&H would then play Marietta in game two and things were tight all throughout.

E&H would hold on to a 2-0 victory thanks in part to Emily Kendrick, who allowed three hits on a complete game shutout. E&H would play in the third game against Oberlin and they would have an even tighter contest, just barely squeaking by 4-3. The Wasps led 4-0 until a three run rally by Oberlin in the sixth made things interesting, but the Wasps would ultimately prevail. First-year Tiffany Cole would earn the win for the Wasps, allowing three runs on six hits. She recieved help from Kendrick, as she struck out the side in the seventh to pick up her second save of the season.

E&H would be back in action the following Sunday after sweeping both contests Saturday. The first game was a rematch between Marietta and Oberlin. With this one having the same results, but much closer. The Pioneers were able to rally from a 5-3 deficit to beat the Yeowoman, 8-5.

E&H would then square off against Oberlin in the second game and never had a problem, winning the contests 10-1 in five innings. It all got started in the first inning for the Wasps, as they jumped all over Oberlin’s Tori Poplaski, chasing her after just pitching 2/3rd of an inning allowing four runs on four hits. Kendrick was once again, dominant for the Wasps, pitching a complete game shutout allowing just four hits.

The second game of the day for the Wasps was a comeback that went down to the final out. Trailing 3-2 in the final frame, E&H tallied two runs across to complete the weekend sweep, 4-3. First-year Courtney Herron drove in the tying run with an RBI single with two outs, and then sophomore Rachel Smoot followed up with an RBI single to drive in the winning run. Kendrick picked up the win again in relief, going 2.1 innings without allowing a hit.

The Wasps will remain home and play a doubleheader against Salem on Friday, March 7 at 2 p.m.

– Will Seidel

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