ELON, N.C. – A season-best three home runs helped the Elon University softball team to a 7-1 win over North Carolina Central on Saturday, March 13, to begin a three-game set at Hunt Softball Park.
Elon moved to 4-7 overall with the win and remains unbeaten all-time in its series versus the Eagles (0-13), posting a record of 13-0.
At the Plate
Elon recorded 10 hits in the game, its second-best single-game performance of the season. Four players had double-digit hits with Lauryn Clarke (2-for-4), Ally Repko (2-for-3) and Gabi Schaal (2-for-3) all adding home runs to their stat lines. Clarke also had a double as did Rebecca Murray, who extended her hit streak to seven games.
In the Circle
Kenna Quinn earned the win in the circle to improve to 4-3 on the year. The Boiling Springs, S.C., native allowed four hits and one earned run in her fourth complete game of the season.
The Phoenix started the game off strong with a pair of runs in the opening frame. Clarke led off the inning with a home run to left field for her first round tripper of the season as the solo blast put Elon ahead 1-0. Repko added another run for the maroon and gold on her one-out single up the middle to score Megan Grant, who reached earlier on a single.
Repko increased Elon’s lead in its home half of the third as the Broadway, Va., native connected on her first homer of the season. Repko took a 2-1 offering over the wall in center field to push Elon’s lead to 3-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, Schaal added the Phoenix’s third home run of the contest. The Lakeland, Fla., native took the first pitch she saw on a two-out blast to left field, scoring a pair of runs to give Elon a 5-0 advantage.
After an RBI double in the top of the sixth by the Eagles narrowed their gap to four, Elon came back with a two spot in the bottom of the frame. Grant and Murray each drove in some insurance runs for the Phoenix, who saw its lead swell to six, 7-1.
North Carolina Central had a batter reach base in the top of the seventh on a leadoff free pass, but Quinn and the Phoenix induced a double play on the next at bat before a pop up to second ended the contest.
The Phoenix is back on the diamond tomorrow, March 14, closing out the series with a doubleheader beginning at noon.