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Emory Softball Tops Rochester -- Earns Share of UAA Title

Emory Softball Tops Rochester -- Earns Share of UAA Title

From Emory University Athletics

The No. 8-ranked Emory softball team captured a share of the University Athletic Association title on Sunday after defeating the University of Rochester.  The Eagles raised their overall record to 18-2 and closed out play at the league championship with an 8-2 slate after defeating the Yellowjackets, 10-2, in five innings.  Emory shares the conference title with Washington University.

The Eagles' Alyssa Pollard and Hannah Sendel each collected a pair of hits while junior Micah Scharff socked a three-run homer that highlighted an eight-run fifth inning that snapped a 2-2 deadlock.  Pollard's offensive totals enabled her to raise her hitting streak to 19 games.

Emory jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first with Sendel delivering a run-producing single that scored Pollard, and sophomore Tara Fallahee registering a sacrifice fly that allowed Scharff to score.

After the Yellowjackets tied the score with single runs in the second and fourth, Emory put the game on ice with an eight-run explosion in the bottom of the fifth.  Sendel accounted for the first tally with a run-producing double while sophomore Amy Wray's two-bagger pushed home Fallahee and Raygan Greer.  After the next two Eagles were retired, they were the beneficiaries of a Rochester fielding error that allowed two more runners to cross the plate.  Pollard was then hit by a pitch, setting the stage for Scharff's three-run blast that closed the game out.

It is the sixth straight season that Emory has won the UAA title.