Softball News & Highlights
April 24, 2014
Eagles Hold F&M To Four Runs In Sweep
Both Eagles' starting pitchers went the distance. Alyssa Welsh pitched a four-hitter in game one while striking out two and walking two. Haleigh Williams scattered eight hits in game two and struck out three batters.
The Eagles edged the Diplomats in the hits category in game one 6-4 but nearly doubled them up in the second game, getting 15 hits to the Diplomats' eight.
Eagles' left fielder Ashton Tomlinson batted 4-for-5 in game two after going 0-for-4 in game one. Four other Eagles had multiple hits in game two: Kasey Williams went 3-for-5, Emily Houck went 2-for-3, Alyssa Welsh 2-for-4 and Kelsey Clever 3-for-4.
In game one, the Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the third, taking advantage of some poor fielding by the Diplomats in the form of two errors to start the inning. A fielder's choice by Haleigh Williams scored Michelle Stehman, who batted 2-for-3 in the game.
Eastern extended its lead to 2-0, getting the important insurance run after Kasey Williams singled up the middle to score Clever who had reached on a lead-off double.
Franklin & Marshall led off the fifth with a home run to left field, but Welsh didn't let that rattle her and she retired the next three Diplomats in order. Welsh later worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth and sent the Diplomats down in order in the seventh to secure the win.
The Eagles started game two with two runs to lead things off, scoring on an error and then an RBI-single up the middle by Emily Houck.
After F&M scored in the bottom of the first and Tomlinson hit an RBI-double in the fourth, the Eagles put some space between themselves and the Diplomats in the top of the fifth. Eastern scored two runs with a two-RBI double from Kelsey Clever and another run on a single by Haleigh Williams making it a 6-1 game.
F&M responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning, but Haleigh Williams, much like Welsh did in the first game, worked her way out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth and then retired the Diplomats in order in the seventh to end the game.
Eastern Softball improved to 16-17 with the wins. The Eagles look to finish the season above .500 when they play a doubleheader at Manhattanville on Saturday.
Updated: Monday, 29 November 1999