Softball season has begun for Eastern Michigan University. The Eagles (6-13) have had their ups and downs but have won three of their past five games.
The team is led by senior Jessica Richards whose batting average is .344 and leads the teams with the most runs with 16. Junior Katy Blaharski is also batting extremely well with an average of .352 and has a perfect
on-field percentage with no errors.
The Eagles’ latest win came against Alabama State (2-15) on March 9 by a score of 5-0. The team combined for five runs off of eight hits with no errors. Senior Kaylee Tolliver drove in two of the team’s four RBI. Sophomore pitcher Lauren Wells pitched seven innings with just two hits and 10 strikeouts, leaving the Eagles set up for a victory.
The Eagles are now preparing for the Miami (Ohio) Tournament, where they’ll face a University of Niagara team (4-9) that is coming off of a loss to Mt. Saint Mary’s. Their best hitter is senior pitcher Ali Grab whose hitting average is .500 this season and has a high ERA of 9.77.
The Eagles’ starting pitching core is pretty solid. Led by junior pitcher Jenna Ignowski who is only allowing a 2.53 ERA and leads the team with 47 innings and 35 strikeouts on the season.
Ignowski along with pitchers Lindsey Rich and Wells have a great chance of shutting out the Purple Eagles from the University of Niagara. Their next best hitter is Jen Hare who’s only hitting .297 and has had six strikeouts on the season.
At 11 a.m. March 16, the Eagles will be in Oxford, Ohio facing the Purple Eagles of U-N.