From Emory University Athletics
On a memorable Saturday afternoon, the Emory softball team closed out the home portion of its regular-season schedule with a sweep over Brandeis University. The Eagles captured the opener by a 3-0 score before closing out the series with a five-inning, 8-0 triumph over the Judges. The two wins boosted Emory's overall record to 23-13, 6-6 in the University Athletic Association, while Brandeis fell to 8-7 overall, 3-2 in the conference. Saturday marked Senior Day with the Eagles recognizing the contributions of four-year veterans Brittany File, Taylor Forte and Amy Wray.
The story of the day was Brittany File who crafted a pair a masterful complete-game shutouts in the circle, and in the process became the program's all-time leader in wins. File's two victories upped her career total to 74, topping the previous standard of 73 held by Nicole Kovski (2001-04). Over the combined 12 innings of work, File allowed just four singles and fanned 17 batters, allowing her to improve her season record to 11-4.
In the first contest, File stymied the Judges by allowing just a one-out hit in the top of the first inning. She struck out the side in the second and fanned a pair of Judges in the fifth and seventh frames. Freshman third baseman Jessie Michael picked up two of Emory's six hits, her 11th multi-hit contest of the season, to pace the offensive attack. The Eagles did all of their damage in their half of the third, thanks to three straight two-out hits. Michael got things started with her single plating sophomore Cassie Baca from second. Michael then scampered home following a double by Janelle Turnquest, her fifth two-bagger of the campaign. A single by rookie Kinsey Glasgow then scored Turnquest.
In the finale, Emory rapped out 11 hits, its 16th multi-hit contest of the year, scoring in four of the five innings. Taylor Forte was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a pair of RBIs, while Glasgow collected a pair of safeties to go along with two ribbies. Emory would get all of the offense it needed with a three-run first inning. With one out and the bases loaded, a sacrifice fly by Turnquest scored Forte. Glasgow followed with a double that scored Michael and Baca. After tacking up a run in the second, the Eagles broke the game wide open with a three-run outburst in the third. A Jessy McLean sac fly accounted for the opening tally before a Forte triple scored sophomore Sam Vincent. Baca would later double, scoring Forte. The Eagles closed the game out in the fifth when a two-out single by Forte plated Sarah Flanders. File made the most of the offensive support, surrendering just three hits and striking out eight.