The Lady Night Hawks’ Saturday doubleheader featured a pair of polar opposite outcomes, including a 10-0 win in Game 1 – its first mercy rule win of the year – and a 5-0 shutout loss in the finale.
Thomas earned two free runs in the second inning of Game 1 on a back-to-back walk and hit batter with the bases loaded. Alex VanWagner poppped out in the ensuing at bat, then Brittney Mayhill emptied the bases with a three-RBI triple to left centerfield.
Embry-Riddle made a pitching change after the scores in favor of Alexis Estrada, but it didn’t prevent Aimee Johnson from blasting her sixth homerun of the year; a two-run shot over the leftfield wall.
The Lady Night Hawks churned in seven runs that inning, of which five were scored with two outs.
Thomas again capitalized on the brink when Johnson ripped a two-out, three-RBI triple in the fourth inning to extend Thomas’ lead to ten.
The Lady Night Hawks held the Lady Eagles scoreless over the next two innings before the mercy rule could assume effect, which requires at least five innings of play.
Ashley Sikes, with three strikeouts, no walks and just four hits allowed, earned the win from the pitching circle.
Embry-Riddle finally emerged in the first inning of Game 2 with a pair of runs in the opening inning. Samantha Smith and Haleigh Lewis each notched RBI singles with one out to build early momentum.
Mayhill, the TU catcher, allowed a runner to reach on a bunt after bobbling the ball, and later allowed two scores after accounting a wild throw. It was one of four errors posted in Game 2 by the Lady Night Hawks, who also notched just one hit.
Thomas (16-17, 1-2) hit the road after the game for a Sunday Sun Conference doubleheader against Webber International.
The Lady Night Hawks return to Armory Field next Saturday against Saint Thomas, and Sunday against Northwood – both of which will feature doubleheaders.