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EAGLES GET CLOSER TO CAL PAC REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP

EAGLES GET CLOSER TO CAL PAC REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP WITH DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP

The Embry-Riddle softball team came one step closer to clinching the Cal Pac regular season championship with a doubleheader sweep of Marymount California on Saturday. The Eagles now hold a four-game lead over La Sierra, the team they face off with next weekend.

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Game 1: Embry-Riddle 4, Marymount California 1 (8 innings)

The Eagles had the offense going, but just could not get runs across. Through the first seven innings, ERAU had eight hits to MCU’s three, but the score remained tied at 1-1.

Embry-Riddle scored its lone run before extras on an Emma Almodoba double that brought home Maddie Judge. While the runs were not coming across despite having people on base, the Eagles finally broke through in the eighth.

ERAU scored three runs on six hits, and took a 4-1 lead needing just the final three outs. The RBI single carried the Eagles through again just like it did on Friday, as three of those allowed for the aggressive baserunning in the eighth to pay off.

Maddie Judge finished the contest 3-for-5, driving in a run during the game-clinching eighth inning. Almodoba and Aleena Alexander each had two hits, and Alexander had the only other extra-base hit for the Eagles with a double in the second inning.

Kate Delaney was excellent during her first start in the circle this season, allowing just three hits and a run in seven innings. Delaney, the Cal Pac’s saves leader, earned her first win while Vanessa Brink struck out the side in the eighth to earn her first career save.

Game 2: Embry-Riddle 4, Marymount California 3

The two teams came out swinging in the final game of the series, as they each scored two runs in the first inning. Almodoba doubled home Judge for the second game in a row, then scored on a Delaney single.

The Eagles grabbed a lead with single runs in the second and third, then the game did not see a single run after the bottom of the third inning. Marymount California threatened in the bottom of the seventh, but Brink shut the door for her 15th win of the year.

Both Delaney and Almodoba finished the day each 3-for-3, with Delaney driving in Almodoba twice. Almodoba doubled twice in the series finale, as she recorded a two-base hit in the third.

Rachel Hammons had a hit and RBI, and was one of six players to record Embry-Riddle’s ten hits. The Eagles had 10+ hits in the final three games of the season, and ERAU has double-digit hits in six of the last seven games.

After earning her first career save, Brink went out and earned her Cal Pac-leading 15th win of the year. Brink struck out nine batters, and finished the series with 24 strikeouts in three appearances this weekend.

The Eagles will have a chance to wrap up the Cal Pac regular season championship when they travel to La Sierra for a four-game set. The first game of the series is scheduled for Friday, April 22.

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