Softball

The Emory women’s softball team took advantage of an action-packed schedule last week, winning all four games at the Emory Invitational and picking up an additional victory against Maryville College (Tenn.). Now roughly a quarter of the way through the season, Emory boasts a strong 7-3 record and is currently on a five-game winning streak.

The week began with a trip up to Maryville for a doubleheader on March 10. The Eagles struggled to find offense in the first game, a problem rarely encountered by a team averaging over six runs a game. Despite senior pitcher Toko Miller and junior pitcher Sami Feller giving up just two total runs to Maryville, Emory could muster only a single run from sophomore infielder Natalie Arreguin’s solo home-run in the second inning and lost the game 2-1.

Determined to prove that their lackluster offense in the first game was an anomaly, the Eagles stormed back in the second game. The Eagles scored eight runs, highlighted by junior catcher and third baseman Greta Wilker’s three-run shot in the sixth inning. Emory won 8-3.

The following day, the Eagles returned home to kick off the Emory Invitational against the University of Rochester (N.Y.). A three-run fifth inning by the Eagles broke open a previously tied game and propelled Emory to a 5-3 win. Sophomore pitcher Madison Schaefer kept the Yellowjackets at bay with a solid outing, allowing three runs in five innings.

In their second game against Rochester, Emory once again displayed their offensive prowess. The team scored 10 runs in just four innings to force the mercy rule in the fifth. Freshman outfielder Baylee Walls had a career day at the plate, driving in four runs, including a three-run triple in the first inning. On the mound, senior pitcher Madeline Maday picked up her first win of the season, allowing only one run in a dominant five innings of work.

Head Coach Adrianna Baggetta was pleased with the pitching throughout the week.

“[The pitching] has improved every day,” Baggetta said. “[Good pitching] puts not as much pressure on the offense.”

The invitational continued with a doubleheader against Emory and Henry College (Va.) on March 13. In the first game, Emory only needed two innings of work to produce all the damage required to win. A four-run first inning and a three-run fourth gave Miller more than enough run support, as she only allowed four runs in a complete game performance. Sophomore utility player Meghan Murphy impressed at the plate with five RBIs and went on to be named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Co-Hitter of the Week for her performances throughout the invitational.

The second game proved to be a classic pitchers’ duel between the Wasps’ sophomore pitcher Alex Braun and the Eagles’ Schaefer. Even though Emory and Henry broke the deadlock in the fourth inning, Schaefer kept her composure and kept the Wasps scoreless the rest of the game.

“My job is to shut them down and trust that my team can produce on offense,” Schaefer said.

Her trust was rewarded in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Eagles were able to give her a 2-1 lead. In the seventh, Schaefer retired the Wasps in order, giving her a complete game win, allowing just one run on four hits.

The Eagles have one more week of non-conference play before they look to defend their UAA crown. Heading into conference play, Baggetta insists they won’t look to approach UAA games any differently.

“[We will] continue to worry about one pitch, one inning at a time,” Baggetta said. “We like [our] constant fight and never give up mentality.”

Emory split a home doubleheader against Piedmont College (Ga.) on Mar. 19, losing the first game 7-0 and winning the second game 9-2.

The Eagles return for a doubleheader at Covenant College (Ga.) on Mar.21.

The Emory softball team won two of three games against DePauw University (Ind.) to claim their first series win of the season on March 3.

DePauw came out of the gate swinging, scoring seven runs in the first inning. Emory responded in the bottom half of the inning with a two-RBI single from sophomore third baseman Natalie Arreguin to cut the lead to 7-2.

After a disappointing first inning, senior pitcher Madeline Maday pitched six straight shutout innings to limit the Tigers to a final tally of seven runs. However, the first inning provided all the offense DePauw needed, as Emory’s three runs in the last three innings were insufficient. Depauw prevailed, 7-5.

The Eagles bounced back in the second game of the series with an impressive offensive display that produced a season-high of nine runs.

Senior shortstop Cassie Baca had a huge game at the plate, producing three RBIs on three extra-base hits. Sophomore designated hitter Meghan Murphy added an RBI and a pair of runs. Senior center fielder Jenna Wilson also stole multiple bases and scored all three times she was on base.

Senior pitcher Toko Miller remained stalwart through six innings, limiting DePauw to four runs. Junior pitcher Sami Feller shut down any possibility of a Tigers’ comeback in the seventh inning, allowing Emory to pick up their first win of the season, 9-5.

Baca was proud of the Eagles’ response in the second game of the series after starting the season with an 0-2 record.

“We had two options,” Baca said. “[We] could have let [the slow start] continue, or [we could] bounce back. [The second game] proved the team has some fight.”

The series rubber match fittingly proved the closest of the three games.

A comparatively low-scoring game saw DePauw take a narrow 3-2 lead entering the bottom of the fifth inning. Sophomore pitcher Madison Schaefer had a strong outing, allowing only four hits and one earned run, but DePauw contained Emory’s offense similarly up until this point.

In the bottom of the fifth, Emory took a commanding 6-3 lead thanks to a four-run inning led by a two-RBI double from junior second baseman Sarah Katz. In the top of the sixth, DePauw answered with two runs to make it a one-run game. An Emory insurance run in the bottom half of the sixth sent Miller to the mound in the seventh with a 7-5 lead.

Miller blanked the Tigers in the last inning, earning a save and securing the series win for the Eagles.

Although the last two victories proved exciting for the team, Head Coach Adrianna Baggetta remains more concerned with the team’s growth than with their results at this stage in the season.

“Our focus is to continue to grow,” Baggetta said. “Softball is a repetition sport and [we want to] get into a good rhythm.”

Emory goes on the road next week to face Maryville College (Tenn.) for a March 10 doubleheader before hosting the Emory Invitational from March 11 to 15.

The Emory women’s softball team suffered a narrow 7-9 defeat in their season opener against Berry College (Ga.) on Feb. 24.

Emory’s offense started brightly. The Eagles notched a run in each of the first two innings, thanks to RBI singles from junior right fielder Sami Feller and senior infielder Sam Vincent. Sophomore shortstop Natalie Arreguin led the way in the third inning with a two-RBI double as Emory produced four additional hits, two walks and two steals to put up an impressive five-spot on the board in the inning.

Senior pitcher Toko Miller had an equally impressive start, rendering the Vikings scoreless through four innings after getting out of bases-loaded jams in the first and third innings.

Over four innings, Emory compiled a commanding 7-0 lead. However, the latter half of the game told a different story.

Arreguin believed the Eagles’ mentality changed after going up big early.

“We had a false sense of security up seven runs,” Arreguin said. “We became OK with not scoring more.”

Berry roared back in the fifth inning, finally turning hits into runs against Miller. After allowing four runs, Head Coach Adrianna Baggetta replaced Miller on the mound with Feller, who was able to momentarily stop the bleeding.  

Unfortunately for the Eagles, Berry’s offensive momentum continued into the sixth inning as a two-run home run shrunk Emory’s lead to 7-6. The Eagles had a great opportunity to respond in the bottom half of the inning, but came up empty despite loading the bases.

With a one-run lead entering the final inning, Baggetta handed the ball to sophomore pitcher Madison Schaefer. Schaefer struggled with her control, allowing Berry to score the tying and go-ahead runs on wild pitches. An RBI single capped off a three-run seventh inning, completing the Vikings’ comeback.

Emory was unable to string together a response in the bottom half of the seventh and fell to Berry, 7-9.

Despite the disappointing loss, Baggetta was still encouraged by her team’s play.

“Everyone stepped up and made something happen at some point in the game,” Baggetta said. “[The loss] can’t get bent out of shape. [We need to] learn from it and move forward.”

The second game of the scheduled doubleheader against Berry was halted due to darkness at the top of the fourth inning with Emory leading 3-0. The game will resume at an undetermined later date.

Emory will host DePauw University (Ind.) on March 2 for a doubleheader with the first pitch scheduled for noon.

The 2018-19 school year has introduced new faces to the Emory Athletics coaching staff, adding Head Diving Coach Michael “Mike” Haun and Head Softball Coach Adrianna Baggetta to the roster.

Head Diving Coach Michael “Mike” Haun

After the departure  of former Head Diving Coach Alexandre Kossenkov over the summer, Haun brings his collegiate diving experience and enthusiasm for the sport to his new role.

A former diver at North Carolina State University, Haun currently works as a safety coordinator at the Atlanta Community Food Bank and has coached at Henry W. Grady High School and North Atlanta High School for the past two years. He received his MBA at Georgia College and State University and his bachelor’s degree in business management at North Carolina State.

Courtesy of Michael Haun

“Mike really stood out just because he’s so enthusiastic and really committed to the student athletes we have here and the community we’ve built,” Swimming and Diving Head Coach Jon Howell said. “He really is excited to dive in and to see what he can do with the program.”

Although the season will not officially start until late September, Haun has already set high goals with this year’s diving squad.

The past two seasons saw top marks from individual divers. Junior Trevor Burke earned third and second place in the three-meter and one-meter competitions, respectively, at the 2017 UAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Sophomore Katie Kushner earned second place at the 2018 UAA Championships for the one-meter diving competition and finished eighth in the three-meter.

“We want to continue the high performance in the conference championships and the NCAAs and have the success that we’ve enjoyed in previous years,” Haun said. “We want to continue that championship tradition.”

Howell expressed his desire to see the diving team succeed nationally alongside the swimming team and affirmed his belief in Haun’s abilities to reach that goal.

“[Our goal is] to get [the diving program] to a national stage that’s on par with the swimming program,” Howell said. “We’ve had divers as individuals who’ve done that, but I think with Mike’s leadership and his enthusiasm, we can really help that program really take a step forward, and I think it’ll benefit the swimming and diving team as a whole.”

Head Softball Coach Adrianna Baggetta

Courtesy of Emory Athletics

Formerly the associate head coach of the University of Iowa softball team, Baggetta touts Division I national recruiting experience and a solid understanding of the Emory student athlete in her new role as Emory’s head softball coach, replacing former Head Coach Penny Siqueiros.

Baggetta spent the past 16 years as a Division I coach, split equally between the University of Iowa and the University of South Carolina where she was also a team member from 1999 to 2002.

“[We were looking for] somebody who … can help people grow and who also understands the importance of academics,” Clyde Partin Senior Director of Athletics Michael Vienna said. “We want success certainly in terms of wins and losses, but first and foremost, [someone who] understands that the athletics program is part and parcel of a larger Emory education.”

Coming from Division I and Division III schools, Baggetta noted that both environments had a similar emphasis on academics.

“It’s still the same mindset,” Baggetta said. “We’re still here to be champions in the classroom and on the field.”

Last year, the Eagles clinched their 11th UAA Championship title after a 7-1, 6-3 doubleheader victory against New York University on April 27. Their season ended during the NCAA DIII tournament, eliminated only after a 5-2 loss to Maryville College (Tenn.) on May 12.

Baggetta hopes to build off the momentum from the team’s success.

“I appreciate and put a lot of value on what has already been built as a softball program,” Baggetta said. “I’m looking forward to moving this program to where it’s a national contender year in and year out.”

Editor’s Note: Editorial Page Editor Madeline Lutwyche (20C) is a member of the Emory Swimming and Diving team. She was not involved in the composition or editing of this article.

Left: Sophomore Greta Wilker throws shot put at the UAA Championships at Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) Feb. 24-25. Wilker broke Emory’s record, achieving top throw with a distance of 12.32 meters. Courtesy of Greta Wilker

Right: Wilker prepares for the pitch during a doubleheader against Berry College (Ga.) Feb. 18. The Eagles shutout the Vikings 2-0, 1-0 in both match-ups. Courtesy of Greta Wilker

In one weekend, sophomore Greta Wilker may catch a softball doubleheader and board a flight to compete in a shot put event the next day. The two-sport Emory athlete boasts seven RBIs, a home run in seven games played and the title of top finisher in the shot put event in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor Championships.

Wilker committed to Emory’s softball team as a catcher, and she found herself a star athlete on both the softball and track and field teams her sophomore year.

Juggling multiple sports is familiar to Wilker, who competed as a four-sport varsity athlete in high school. In her home town of Belding, Mich., Wilker was a member of her high school softball, track and field, volleyball and basketball teams.

“During my recruiting process, I was looking for a good academic school, a pre-med program and I wanted to go out of the state of Michigan,” Wilker said. “I got in touch with [softball Head] Coach Penny Siqueiros, and, after visiting campus a couple of times, I decided to commit to Emory.”

Wilker spent her freshman year at Emory as a single-sport athlete, making her collegiate debut on the softball team.

She kicked off her softball career with a bang, knocking a solo homerun over the fences in her first at-bat as an Eagle. During Wilker’s first year, she started in nine of the 18 games she played and amassed three hits and four runs in 21 at-bats.

With the softball and track and field seasons on the horizon for the Spring 2018 semester, Wilker had intended to only compete on the softball team again her sophomore year.

But after a conversation between Siqueiros and track and field Assistant Coach and throwers coach Luke Johnson, Wilker realized she could feasibly compete in both sports. After Johnson evaluated her shot put throws, he added Wilker to the team.

Johnson said he looked into bringing Wilker onto the team after Siqueiros approached him this semester and suggested that Wilker could effectively compete in both sports.

“I looked up [Wilker’s] high school statistics and was surprised to see she was much better than I anticipated,” Johnson said. “I set up a meeting with [Siqueiros] and I was willing to do whatever it took to get [Wilker] on the team due to her ability.”

Eager to compete in multiple sports as she did in high school, Wilker agreed to compete for both squads.

Johnson noted Wilker’s desire to keep a busy schedule by playing multiple sports.

“She was very busy in high school playing many sports, so she was active all the time,” Johnson said. “She was happy to get back in the swing of things and be a part of both softball and track and field.”

Wilker, who is majoring in anthropology and human biology, emphasized having a well-planned schedule to keep up with the two varsity teams. Although she attends both practices, she prioritizes softball.

“I have to be diligent with my schedule and knowing when I have to do certain tasks,” Wilker said. “Ultimately, it’s not too much of an added stresser switching from one sport to two from a time perspective. The biggest factor is having to keep up with the schedule for two different teams.”

In her first shot put competition the morning of Feb. 9, Wilker finished the event as the top NCAA Division III shot putter and No. 12 overall in the Dunamis Super Meet in Emerson, Ga. Her best throw traveled 11.74 meters.

That same day, Wilker returned to campus to face off against Birmingham Southern College (Ala.) in a softball doubleheader.

While the Eagles dropped the first game of the doubleheader 5-2, Emory bounced back to claim a 5-0 victory in the second. Unfazed by a long day of competing, Wilker launched a solo home run in the bottom of the third.

Later that month, Wilker flew to Cleveland for a meet on the night of Feb. 24, just hours after catching two games in a doubleheader against Covenant College (Ga.). The Eagles won both games of the back-to-back, 5-1 and 2-0.

Perhaps in her best athletic performance yet this season, Wilker broke a school record and achieved the top throw in the UAA Indoor Championships at Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) Feb. 25, with a distance of 12.32 meters.

“Winning UAAs has definitely been the highlight thus far of my collegiate shot putting experience,” Wilker said. “That weekend I started with two games that Saturday, and I flew to Cleveland that night to compete Sunday morning.”

Johnson said that Wilker’s natural talent allowed her to have immediate success on the collegiate shot put circuit.

“She was born with talent that a lot of people are not born with,” Johnson said. “It isn’t very often you can have an athlete go out there with limited practice and break the school record in her second collegiate meet.”

With an already busy start to her spring semester, Wilker is primed to have an equally busy few months to follow. The conference portion of the softball schedule lies just around the corner, as does the brunt of the outdoor track and field season. But for a former four-sport athlete, two sports should be a stroll through the ballpark. Or through the track field, in Wilker’s case.

Sophomore infielder Jessy McLean assumes her hitting stance in an Eagle home shutout against Berry College (Ga.), boosting the team’s record to 4-2. Ayushi Agarwhal/Staff

The Emory softball team split a pair of doubleheaders against Averett University (Va.) Feb. 15 and swept Berry College (Ga.) Feb. 18. Against Averett, the Eagles edged out a 1-0 win but then suffered a 5-3 loss.

In the opening game, sophomore second baseman Sarah Katz hit a single, prompting a point by freshman pinch runner Drew Bullock from second base. Altogether, Emory grabbed five hits during the game.

Sophomore pitcher Sami Feller started the game, allowing only one hit and striking out six. Freshman Jacqueline Spizizen came in as relief to throw four shutout innings and allowed only one hit. Spizizen maximized her time on the mound, striking out seven players while also picking up the win.

In the second game, Averett returned for revenge. Averett scored first in the second inning, and doubled their advantage in the fourth off sophomore third baseman Andrea Grant’s homer. The Cougars collected two more runs in the top of the fifth frame. Grant and freshman pitcher Kaitlyn Aherron both gathered RBI doubles.

Spizizen said that the difference in the two games against Averett was timely hitting.

“[Our problem] was just timely hitting,” Spizizen said. “We didn’t get our hits together. However, we worked [hard] and we continued to fight and [come back].”

Emory responded with three unanswered runs in the bottom of the sixth. Katz advanced on a two-run single, allowing junior outfielders Sam Vincent and Sarah Flanders to score. Sophomore infielder Jessy McLean hit a sacrifice fly to help the Eagles to another run by junior shortstop Cassie Baca.

Averett closed out the doubleheader after an insurance run in the seventh inning off an Aherron triple sealed their victory.

Emory followed the split with two shutouts against Berry (2-0, 1-0). Spizizen led the way with some stellar pitching in both wins.

In the opener, Spizizen tossed six strikeouts and allowed three hits. She retired 13 straight batters in the first four frames before loading the bases in the fifth inning. But she escaped the problematic scenario thanks to a pop-up during a two-out situation.

Berry freshman pitcher Meredith Holland played a strong game in the first four frames, holding onto the shutout before the Eagles grabbed a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Bullock hit an RBI double to bring juniors outfielder Jenna Wilson and Flanders to plate.

In the evening game, Spizizen continued her hot run of form. She gave up nine hits but dodged any scoring threats.

Flanders notched the lone score of the game. She started off with a single, and eventually ended up at third base after stealing off an error. After Katz attempted to steal second, Flanders scored.

Spizizen praised the Eagles’ defense, but noted that the offense needed work.

“Our defense is really gelling,” Spizizen said. “Our team is really coming together [on that side]. [On offense], we just need more time to prepare on our timely hitting. The power is there and it should come together.”

After a successful weekend, the Eagles have boosted their record to 4-2. They return to action Feb. 24 to host Covenant College (Ga.) in another doubleheader.

Tennis Falls to Local Rivals

The No. 2 Emory women’s tennis team lost their first two matches of the season this past weekend. The Eagles suffered a 6-3 loss at home to Georgia State University Feb. 10 and a 6-1 loss to Coastal Carolina University (S.C.) Feb. 11.

Senior Bridget Harding and freshman Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico won their doubles match 8-3 against Coastal Carolina, moving Harding to tie for fifth place all-time with 93 career victories. But Coastal Carolina won second and third doubles to claim the point. Gonzalez-Rico was the only Eagle to snag a singles win, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

Against Georgia State, Harding and Gonzalez-Rico won first doubles, while senior Anna Fuhr and freshman Stephanie Taylor claimed second doubles, both matches by a score of 8-5. Sophomore Emma Perelman won sixth singles for Emory in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.

The team is set to play at home again Feb. 18 against Columbus State University (Ga.) at 1 p.m.

Georgia Gwinnett College swept the Emory men’s tennis team at home, 9-0, Feb. 11 in the Eagles’ first match of the season. Senior Scott Rubinstein and junior James Spaulding played to a close 8-6 loss in first doubles, matching the result of junior Jonathan Jemison and senior Max Renke in third doubles. The Eagles will face at home Feb. 17 Bluefield State College (W.Va.) at 10 a.m. and Xavier University of Louisiana at 3 p.m. — Alisha Compton

Softball Redeems in Rematch

The Emory softball team began their season by splitting a double-header against the Birmingham-Southern College (Ala.) Panthers Feb. 9. The Eagles came up short in the first game, losing 5-2, but came back to shut out the Panthers while putting up five runs of their own.

Both teams were tied at one run a piece heading into the top of the fifth of game one. It was then that the Panthers hit their stride and added four runs, enough to win the game 5-2.

In game two, junior pitcher Toko Miller stymied the Panthers, throwing a complete game shutout. Miller allowed only three hits, a walk and struck out five batters in seven innings of work. Sophomore catcher Greta Wilker put an exclamation point on the 5-0 victory with a solo homerun in the bottom of the third.

Emory will host Berry College (Ga.) in a double-header Feb. 17. — Stephen Mattes

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The Emory men’s basketball team tallied two crucial University Athletic Association (UAA) road wins this weekend, topping Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) 82-80 Feb. 9 and Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) 75-72 Feb. 11. The wins improve Emory’s season record to 18-4 with a 9-2 UAA record. With three conference games remaining, the Eagles sit solidly at No. 2 in the UAA standings, just behind No. 1 Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) (20-2, 11-0).

Emory held the last-place Carnegie Mellon Tartans at arms length for most of the contest, but the Tartans crept closer as the game progressed, tying the score at 80 after three clutch free throws from senior guard Ryan Maha with 13 seconds remaining. On the game’s final possession, senior center Christopher Avant put in the winning bucket with one second left on the clock, giving Emory the 82-80 victory. Senior forward Adam Gigax led the scoring with 27 points and junior guard Gebereal Baitey added 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Sunday’s contest at Case Western was a nail-biter, fraught with lead changes. Two free throws from Emory freshman guard Romin Williams with 15 seconds remaining gave Emory a three-point advantage that held till the final buzzer. Williams finished with 20 points while senior guard Whitt Rapp nearly dropped a double-double, adding 10 points along with nine assists.

The team will face New York University Feb. 16 at home at 3 p.m.

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Senior pitcher Brittany File winds up for a pitch in the Eagles' home series against Brandeis University (Mass.). After dropping the first half of the series, the Eagles bounced back for two consecutive victories. Gemy Sethaputra/Senior Staff
Senior pitcher Brittany File winds up for a pitch in the Eagles’ home series against Brandeis University (Mass.). After dropping the first half of the series, the Eagles bounced back for two consecutive victories. Gemy Sethaputra/Senior Staff

The Emory women’s softball seniors played their final regular season home games April 7-8. Settling for a 2-2 draw in a four-game series against Brandeis University (Mass.), Emory suffered two losses April 7, 4-1 and 5-4, but returned April 8 to take the series’ final two games 3-0 and 8-0.

The draw is identical to the result of last week’s contest against Washington University in St. Louis.

 The first inning of game one began with senior pitcher Brittany File hitting a Brandeis player with a pitch, an error that eventually cost Emory a run after two single Brandeis hits. The Eagles did not execute a run until the bottom of the fourth inning when Michael hit a single to right center and sophomore outfielder Sam Vincent followed with a single that brought Michael home.

The score remained 1-1 until the top of the eighth inning when Brandeis pulled ahead with three additional runs for a final score of 4-1. Freshman pitcher Sami Feller let two on base before being pulled for sophomore pitcher Toko Miller. However, Miller could not strand the runners, allowing Brandeis a home run that brought in the game’s final three runs.

As for the second loss, the game was closer with a final score of 5-4. The score remained 4-4 until the eighth inning when Brandeis loaded the bases and junior pitcher Audrey Weller walked a Brandeis player to result in an RBI. Emory was unable to answer in their final at bats.

“We were disappointed on Friday, but we came together in the locker room; we refocused and had a better game plan going into Saturday,” freshman utility player Jessie Michael said.

Michael said that the team was motivated by the fact that this was one of their last times to play for their departing seniors.

“We decided it was a lot about playing with a lot of heart, not being afraid, not overthinking things and playing every game like it’s our last,” Michael said.

Emory’s performance improved immensely against the same opponent for two sweeping wins April 8.

File pitched the entirety of both games Saturday. In the first game, she pitched nine strikeouts and let up only one hit in the first inning as a Brandeis player singled to right center. In the bottom of the third inning, Michael, junior infielder Janelle Turnquest and freshman first baseman Kinsey Glasgow each earned an RBI, tacking three more runs onto Emory’s scoreboard.

The infield celebrates around senior pitcher Brittany File (center). Gemy Sethaputra/Senior Staff.
The infield celebrates around senior pitcher Brittany File (center). Gemy Sethaputra/Senior Staff.

In Saturday’s second game, File achieved eight strikeouts. Brandeis hit more in that game than Saturday’s first but failed to execute any runs. Three of Emory’s eight runs came in the bottom of the first inning, with singles from Michael and Turnquest and a double from Glasglow.

Another great inning for the Eagles came in the bottom of the third, when Emory earned three additional runs. Glasglow hit a single, followed by another from Vincent. Freshman infielder Jessy McLean hit a fly to right field and Glasglow made it home. The big moment of the inning came when senior outfielder Taylor Forte tripled to right center to bring Vincent home. Baca followed with a double to left field and Forte scored the last of three runs for the inning.

The Eagles would finish off the last game in the bottom of the fifth with one additional run from a single by sophomore outfielder Sarah Flanders, who was brought home by a single from Forte.

The team made consistent contact with the ball Saturday as a result of a more focused mentality at the plate.

“We took out the emotional side of the game and we focused on being aggressive and taking risks,” Michael said. “We wanted to make that diving catch, make that throw to home, just get to relax and play how we know how to play.”

The Eagles will enjoy a week off before taking to the road for their final four regular season games against New York University April 21 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and April 22 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Senior outfielder Taylor Forte swings for the fences in the Eagles' home series against Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.). Gemy Sethaputra/Senior Staff
Senior outfielder Taylor Forte swings for the fences in the Eagles’ home series against Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.). Gemy Sethaputra/Senior Staff

In an extended weekend of play for Emory softball, the Eagles came away with a positive 4-2 record over six games. The team won both games March 30 against the DePauw University (Ind.) Tigers 9-1 and 7-6. In their two-day series against Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) Bears, the Eagles shutout their opponent 5-0 and 7-0 in the series’ first two games March 31. The momentum shifted during the second half of the series April 1, with the Bears avenging Friday’s defeats with two wins of their own, winning 8-0 and 10-8 against Emory.

Emory Softball Player of the Week and freshman pitcher Sami Feller attributed the wins to the Eagles’ hitting expertise. She recognized junior infielder Janelle Turnquest and sophomore shortstop Cassie Baca as instrumental to their four wins; they each contributed two RBIs in the first and second games against Depauw.

In the first DePauw game, the Eagles managed to collect eight more runs than the Tigers because of their consistent talent at the plate. In the bottom of the third, freshman utility player Jessie Michael hit a single to bring Baca home and advance senior outfielder and captain Taylor Forte to second. After senior second baseman Amy Wray was walked, the bases were loaded. Turnquest then hit a double to left-center field that resulted in an additional three runs that brought the inning total to four runs, contributing to Emory’s 9-1 win.

Excellent pitching also played a significant role in the Eagles’ four-game win streak. In the second WashU game, senior captain and pitcher Brittany File assisted sophomore starting pitcher Toko Miller during the top of the third inning. Miller provided Emory with five strikeouts, holding the Bears’ run total to zero.

Things were looking up for the Eagles after the third game, but the team gave way in the final two WashU games, losing the third game of the series 8-0 before falling 10-8 in the series’ conclusion.  

The Eagle’s longest win streak this season came at the end of February with five consecutive wins against Wesleyan College (Ga.), Messiah College (Pa.), N.C. Wesleyan, Piedmont College (Ga.) and Averett University (Va.).

The team huddles around sophomore catcher Lana Herrmann for a quick conference. Gemy Sethaputra/Senior Staff.
The team huddles around sophomore catcher Lana Herrmann. Gemy Sethaputra/Senior Staff.

Securing consistent wins has been a challenge for the Eagles thus far, but with a 10-4 record over the course of the past 14 games, things are looking up as the end of the season approaches.

Turnquest said that the team’s energy was a big factor in these games.

“On Friday we came out really strong, with the mindset that they’re in our house,” Turnquest said. “On Saturday I think we started out strong … but our energy started to drop.”

Sophomore pitcher Klamath Henry agreed with Turnquest, stating that Saturday didn’t go in the Eagles’ favor.

“Our coach [Penny Siqueiros] went in to call a timeout [in the third WashU game],” Henry said. “She had already called a timeout in the inning, [so] technically you have to switch around a player, so [Siqueiros] had to switch out a pitcher.”

Siqueiros then decided to put in junior pitcher Audrey Weller to finish the game. Needing the timeouts to make adjustments, the pitcher switch was an unfortunate consequence that took the Eagles’ out of rhythm.

“[Weller] pitched really well the rest of the game, but this little thing was a mind block for us, and really threw off our energy … There was no excuse, but we learned from it,” Henry said.

Turnquest also remarked on her team’s final month of regular season play and the goals they have for a successful finish.

“Our biggest goal is to give it our all for our seniors,” Turnquest said. “Whether we’re stepping on the field for a practice or a game, it’s really all for them in this last month.”

The Eagles will continue the regular season with four home games next weekend against Brandeis University (Mass.). The two UAA teams will face off April 7 at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and April 8 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.