RIVERSIDE, CALIF. – Even though the Embry-Riddle softball team wrapped up the Cal Pac Regular Season Championship on Friday, the Eagles took care of business following an off day Saturday. ERAU used a big inning to take a run-rule victory from La Sierra in game one of a doubleheader on Sunday, then won a pitcher’s duel in the final game to complete the four-game series sweep.
Game 1: #24 Embry-Riddle 9, La Sierra 1 (6 Innings)
It took a couple innings for either team to fire up its offense on Sunday, and both squads each recorded a run in the third inning. Kate Delaney had an RBI double to start the game’s scoring, but that would not be her only big extra-base hit in the game.
Delaney hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning, allowing the Eagles to get a lead of eight and eventually the run-rule victory. The Eagles scored five times in that frame, as Maddie Judge singled home a pair before scoring on Delaney’s blast.
Judge had a pair of two-RBI singles, as she recorded her first one during the three-run fourth inning. Judge was one of three players to have two hits, along with Delaney and Alexus Marquez.
Rachel Hammons had a three-hit performance, adding a double and scoring three runs. Hammons also recorded an RBI, driving in Marquez with a two-base knock in the fourth.
Mikaeli Davidson had one of her best starts of the season in the circle, not allowing an earned run while striking out seven. Davidson also did not walk a batter, and scattered seven hits across the six innings.
Game 2: #24 Embry-Riddle 3, La Sierra 1
For the second straight game, both teams scored its first runs during the third inning. The Eagles scored a pair in that frame thanks to Tatum Chestnut‘s two-RBI single thanks to a two-out rally.
Chestnut would come around to score the Eagles’ third run later on, as Leah Anderson drove her in during the sixth inning. Jaden Espinosa was the only player in the game to have two hits, and was excellent defensively behind the plate as well.
Vanessa Brink was unstoppable yet again, striking out 14 batters and allowing just three hits. The 14 punchouts is the second-most in a game this season, and Brink has now recorded seven games of 10 or more strikeouts.
The Eagles will wrap up the regular season at home next weekend with a four-game series against Park-Gilbert. First pitch of the series is scheduled for Friday, April 30 at 4:30 p.m.