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Eagles Softball Struggles In Final Home Series
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20 April 2017
 
Eagles pitcher Carly Carlson throws a pitch against Marymount California University on Friday April 14th, 2017 in Prescott, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham
Embry Riddle Eagles End Home Schedule Losing Three of Four to Marymount California Univeristy

PRESCOTT- The Embry Riddle Eagles split the doubleheader against Marymount California University at home on Friday but were swept in a second doubleheader on Saturday to end the home schedule of the regular season.

In game one on Friday, The Eagles scored five runs in the first and fourth innings, along with single runs in the second and third innings, to mercy-rule the Mariners 12-1.

Each player on the Embry Riddle starting lineup got a hit in the sixteen hit attack. Carly Carlsen, Myranda Windahl, Makenzie Hospodka, Rylee Payton and Hannah DeLuna each got two hits while Katey Moore got three hits.

“I think we were just seeing the ball well and adjusting at the plate really good,” said Meghan Hospodka who returned from injury and picked up three RBIs in the game one win.

The support was enough for Carlsen who threw a complete game, allowing four hits and one earned run.

“Going out into the field, just having a defense behind me and having that secure safety net, it just makes things a lot easier,” said Carlsen. “You’re not complacent, you just want to attack and get done with it.”

Game two was less successful for the Embry Riddle offense, only scoring one run in a 4-1 loss.

Samantha Nelson picked up two hits while Moore, DeLuna, Makenzie Hospodka, Meghan Hospodka, Avram, Provost and Bramer each got two hits.

Avram went six innings and got the loss, allowing seven hits and four runs-three earned-and walking one.

Marissa Padilla was the main force for Marymount California in the victory, going 2-2 with three RBIs.

The success continued for the Mariners on Saturday, with a 10-8 win in game one and a 5-4 victory in game two.

Marymount California scored ten runs in the first two innings and built a big enough advantage to withstand an Eagle seven-run attack in the final four innings.

The support was needed for Marymount California starter Mary Gonzales as she gave up eight runs on thirteen hits while going five and a third innings.

Keana Nakata was unable to record an out for Embry Riddle and allowed four hits and six runs, however, all were unearned.

In the game two, Embry Riddle smacked thirteen hits and scored four runs but it wasn't enough as the Mariners won 5-4.

Myranda Windahl, Makenzie Hospodka and Katey Moore each reached base multiple times in the defeat.

The Eagles couldn’t translate the hits into runs against starting pitcher Kaylee Wallingford who went the complete game and notched the win giving up four runs-three earned-on thirteen hits.

Meanwhile, Oliva Ramos went six innings, allowing six hits and four runs-one earned-while striking out and walking two for Embry Riddle.

Carlsen came in and took the loss, allowing three hits and one earned run in two innings pitched.

The Eagles (17-33) end the season with a pair of doubleheaders on the road against #16 ranked Simpson University. First pitch on Friday is noon while the game begins at 11:00am on Saturday.

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Torrence Dunham

Torrence Dunham "TD" is a multimedia journalist who graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.  Torrence is our PrescottValleyeNews.com Correspondent covering local news and events in Prescott Valley. He is also the lead sports correspondent and play-by-play pro for all our multimedia news sites. If he's not adding to his extensive sports bobble-head collection, he's talking baseball, his favorite. Follow him on Twitter: @Tadunham.