The Embry-Riddle softball team split the doubleheader with Westcliff on Sunday afternoon, but took the four-game series with its win 7-1 win over the Warriors. Winning three of the four games over the weekend put the Eagles alone in first place, and are the first Cal Pac team with ten conference wins this season.
Game 1: Westcliff 6, Embry-Riddle 2
The Warriors used one big inning to grab a lead and not look back, scoring four times in the bottom of the fourth. Westcliff then scored twice in the sixth to extend its lead.
Embry-Riddle did scratch across a couple of runs, getting its first score on Maddie Judge‘s double to score Meredith Tutrone. The Eagles had its best opportunity in the seventh, getting the bases loaded with no outs, but only brought one run across.
Five different Eagles did record a hit in the first game on Sunday, and the team also drew four walks. Sam Holbert drove in ERAU’s second run of the contest with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Game 2: Embry-Riddle 7, Westcliff 1
The Eagles were determined to take the four-game series, and wasted no time getting in the run column. Judge reached on an error to lead off the contest, then came around to score on Kate Delaney‘s two-out double.
Delaney was responsible for most of the damage in the Eagles’ biggest inning, as her three-run home run was the start of a five-run inning. Embry-Riddle scored the final pair of runs in the frame with two outs, as Diana Miranda Montano had an RBI single, then scored on Jaden Espinoza‘s triple.
ERAU would strike again in the fifth, with Miranda Montano leading off the inning with a double, and coming around thanks to a Natalie Gonzalez single. Miranda Montano finished the day with two hits, and scored both times she reached.
Vanessa Brink was exceptional once again in the circle, allowing just five hits and an earned run for her ninth win of the season. Brink retired Westcliff’s final six batters, and retired ten of the last 11 hitters.
The Eagles will get back home for another big four-game series next weekend against the University of Antelope Valley. First pitch from the Eagles Softball Field on Saturday, March 26 is set for 1 p.m.