From Emory University Athletics
Senior Brittany File's no-hitter against Averett University highlighted a successful day of action as the No. 4-ranked Emory softball team pocketed a pair of Sunday victories at the 3n2 Elite Invite. The Eagles opened with a 2-0 decision over Rhodes College before File hurled her gem in a 7-0 triumph, which raised Emory's record to 3-1.
File was in complete control in the circle against the Cougars, fanning 14 batters, tying the fourth-highest mark in school history. At one point she fanned seven straight batters, striking out the side in the fourth and fifth innings and opening the sixth by whiffing the leadoff hitter. Freshman Jessy McLeantotaled four RBIs on the strength of a pair of two-run doubles in the second and fourth innings. Senior left fielder Taylor Forte scored twice as did freshman center fielder Sarah Flanders. File's performance represented her third career seven-inning no hitter.
In the opener, Emory received a solid outing from sophomore pitcher Toko Miller who stymied the Cougar bats over five shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out three. After Rhodes touched Miller with a leadoff double in the sixth, File came on in relief to earn the save after shutting down Averett over the final two frames, allowing one hit and fanning a pair. Freshman designated player Jessie Michael collected two of Emory's seven hits and delivered a two-out single in the bottom of the sixth that scored pinch runner Jenna Wilson with the squad's second run. Emory's initial tally came in the bottom of the third when junior Ashley Powers led off with a double. After moving to third following a sacrifice bunt by senior Amy Wray, Powers then raced home on a Rhodes wild pitch.