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Softball News & Highlights

April 15, 2013

Eagles Take Two from Colonels

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Jess Figueroa knocked in the game-winner with a single to center in the sixth inning of game one.

ST. DAVIDS, Pa.- Eastern University Softball picked up its first doubleheader sweep of the year with a pair of close wins of Freedom Conference rival Wilkes University. Eastern (9-19, 3-7 Freedom) won the first game 4-3 and picked up a 4-2 win in the nightcap.

Janelle Fair picked up wins in both ends of the doubleheader and also led the attack with a 4-for-6 day at the plate. She had two RBIs and four runs scored.  

The Eagles fell behind 1-0 in the first inning of the opener, but Fair pounded a two out double to center field to score Kaley Snyder and Kasey Williams. Fair came around to score Emily Houck's single to right. Houck also had a four-hit day for Eastern.

Fair cruised through the middle innings of game one, but the Colonels tied the game in the sixth on an Emily McGrath line drive that cleared the fence in left. The Eagles picked up what would turn out to be the winning run from the bottom of the order. Houck led off with a single down the right field line. Katelyn Donald moved her over with a bunt, but Paula Redmon grounded out for the second out of the inning. Wilkes chose to pitch around Erin Johnson in order to face Jess Figeroa. Johnson took her first free pass of the year and stole second on the first pitch to Figueroa.

The freshman second baseman has had a great year with the glove, but her average entering play today was in the 90's. Past history, however had no bearing on the moment as Figueroa drove a high pitch to the grass in short center to score Houck. Figueroa who entered with six hits on the year, had three hits this afternoon.

The lead stood for Eastern's second league win of the year.

The Eagles stole a run in the second inning of the nightcap to grab an early lead. Fair led off the inning with a double to center and Houck lined a single to left to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Houck took off for second, but put on the brakes when the throw went through. As she was in the run down, Fair scampered home with the go-ahead run. Houck made it back to first.

Despite several great chances, the Eastern offense was not able to pile on, and it looked like it might cost them when Wilkes scored twice on two hits and an error in the fourth.

Eastern went quietly in the fourth, and the fifth did not start much better with outs by the first two batters. Kasey Williams started the rally by hustling down the line to beat out a slow roller to third. Fair singled to center to put two runners on for Houck. The sophomore third baseman cracked a line drive to right-center that rolled all the way to the fence for a triple. Houck scored the important insurance run on an error.

The two-run margin was more than enough for Fair who pitched a perfect seventh for her 39th career Win.

The Eagles are back on the field on Thursday at Arcadia. 

Game One Box
Game Two Box

Updated: Monday, 15 April 2013

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Brittany Stroop

Brittany Stroop

Coach Stroop is in her fourth year at the helm of the Eastern University Softball program for 2012-13.

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