The Emory softball team saw its season come to and end on Saturday when it dropped a 5-2 elimination-game decision to Maryville in the NCAA D-III Atlanta Regional. Earlier in the day, the Eagles staved off elimination with a come-from-behind victory over Lynchburg College. Emory closed out the year with an overall record of 29-12.
EMORY 4, LYNCHBURG COLLEGE 2
It took some late-game heroics, but the Emory Eagles staved off elimination with a come from behind 4-2 victory over the Lynchburg College Hornets in the second round of the NCAA D-III Atlanta Regional on Saturday.
With one out in the top of the Eagles' fourth, Cassie Baca hit a double into the gap in left center scoring Jessy McLean and cutting the lead in half, 2-1. Baca advanced to third on a wild pitch, but was thrown out at home on Sami Feller's squeeze bunt, keeping the deficit at one.
With two outs in the top of the sixth, Feller hit a single to left to keep Emory alive in the inning and Allie Moberg followed that up by crushing a double into the gap in right with Feller speeding around from first to score the tying run.
MARYVILLE COLLEGE 5, EMORY 2
The Maryville College Scots held off the heat and a late rally by the Emory University Eagles to win 5-2 and advance for a chance at the NCAA D-III Atlanta Regional championship against the Berry College Vikings on Sunday.
The Scots were led by pitcher Katlyn Smith, pitching a complete game and allowing just two runs on five hits. Essence Strambler drove in two runs and Alexus Murray added two hits and an RBI for Maryville. The Eagles had runs driven in by Sarah Flanders and Sarah Katz in the loss.
After a scoreless first, Emory's starter Toko Miller gave up a double that was pounded down the third base line by Maryville second baseman Taylor Campbell to score the game's first run in the bottom of the second inning. Murray reached base on a bunt single, which advanced Campbell to third, and then with Christen Torres at the plate, Murray stole second to put runners at second and third. Torres hit Miller's next pitch sharply, scoring Campbell and ending Miller's day. Sami Feller took over for Miller, striking out the first two batters she faced and ending the inning with Emory down two.
Murray struck again with two outs in the third with a single to left driving in Christina White, who walked to start the inning. That would be it for Feller, replaced by Jacqueline Spizizen, who already pitching six relief innings in the first game of the day. Spizizen forced Maryville pinch hitter Aly Snider into a pop out with the bases loaded to retire the side and hold the Maryville advantage to 3-0.
But Maryville was able to get to Emory's hard throwing right-hander in the fourth when Strambler hit a towering double over the head of Flanders, scoring Hayden and Morgan Brewer, putting the Scots up 5-0. Spizizen avoided further damage, striking out Torres with the bases loaded to end the inning.
Emory was finally able to eat into Maryville's lead in the seventh, starting with a walk to Lana Herrmann and then a double by Turnquist to put runners in scoring position with no outs. Sacrifice flies by Flanders and Katz scored Herrmann and Turnquist, but Jessy McLean grounded out to end Emery's rally and the ballgame.
Smith earned the win for Maryville, her 17th of teh season against two defeats, while Miller took the loss for the Eagles.
Maryville will face Berry College on Sunday at 12 pm. Berry needs one win to advance to next weekend's Super Regionals. If Maryville wints, then a 2:30 pm contest will be played.