From Emory University Athletics
The No. 8-ranked Emory softball team captured a share of the University Athletic Association title on Sunday after defeating the University of Rochester. The Eagles raised their overall record to 18-2 and closed out play at the league championship with an 8-2 slate after defeating the Yellowjackets, 10-2, in five innings. Emory shares the conference title with Washington University.
The Eagles' Alyssa Pollard and Hannah Sendel each collected a pair of hits while junior Micah Scharff socked a three-run homer that highlighted an eight-run fifth inning that snapped a 2-2 deadlock. Pollard's offensive totals enabled her to raise her hitting streak to 19 games.
Emory jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first with Sendel delivering a run-producing single that scored Pollard, and sophomore Tara Fallahee registering a sacrifice fly that allowed Scharff to score.
After the Yellowjackets tied the score with single runs in the second and fourth, Emory put the game on ice with an eight-run explosion in the bottom of the fifth. Sendel accounted for the first tally with a run-producing double while sophomore Amy Wray's two-bagger pushed home Fallahee and Raygan Greer. After the next two Eagles were retired, they were the beneficiaries of a Rochester fielding error that allowed two more runners to cross the plate. Pollard was then hit by a pitch, setting the stage for Scharff's three-run blast that closed the game out.
It is the sixth straight season that Emory has won the UAA title.