NEWLY-RANKED EAGLES PUT BILLING TO THE TEST IN PIVOTAL SERIES
For the third time this season, the Embry-Riddle softball team will be defending its top spot in the Cal Pac standings, as the Eagles take on second-place Marymount California. ERAU holds a four-game lead over the Mariners, and series win could set up a clinching situation for the conference regular season championship and number 1 seed in the tournament for the Eagles.
This Weekend’s Games
Marymount California (18-25, 14-6 Cal Pac): The Mariners played a four-game set with OUAZ during the week in which they lost three of four, but Marymount California has been streaking up the Cal Pac standings. They swept Antelope Valley last weekend, and have won 10 of its last 12 conference games.
Even with the weekend off, Embry-Riddle still sits high in a few statistical categories nationally. The team ranks fourth in ERA (1.19) sixth in batting average (.374), seventh in opponents batting average (.195), seventh in triples (19) and ninth in slugging percentage (.553).
The Eagles are also 20th in the nation in shutouts with nine. Vanessa Brink has six of those shutouts, which is ninth-most in the NAIA.
ERAU has three players with at least 65 at-bats that have a batting average above .400. Kate Delaney (.449), Mikaeli Davidson (.427) and Diana Miranda Montano (.424) all are in that category, and Delany’s mark is top 50 in the NAIA.
The three qualifying batting average leaders this season for ERAU, listed above, are also in top five in the Cal Pac in the category. The Eagles have six players in the Cal Pac’s top 13 in batting average as well.
Delaney has been on a tear as of late, currently riding a seven-game hitting streak. In fact, she has recorded a hit in all but one contests since March 12, a 14-game stretch that has seen her get 2+ hits in eight of those games.