Softball: Seventh-ranked Emory tops Panthers in NCAA Division III Atlanta Regional

Catcher Alison Jiles tags out Emory's Micah Scharff to end the fifth inning at the NCAA Regional on Friday.
Catcher Alison Jiles tags out Emory's Micah Scharff to end the fifth inning at the NCAA Regional on Friday.

ATLANTA, Ga. - Seventh-ranked Emory blanked LaGrange 2-0 at the NCAA Divison III Atlanta Regional on Friday.

The Panthers (25-15) will face Berry (32-7) in an elimination game Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The host Eagles (32-7) will meet No. 21 Averett (35-3-1) at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Averett defeated Berry 4-1 in the first game of the day.

Senior Olivia Wolfe (12-10) went the distance on the mound for the Panthers. Wolfe gave up the two runs, but only one was earned, scattered eight hits, walked one and struck out one.

The Panthers played outstanding defense behind Wolfe. Left fielder Adrienne Little ran down Micah Scharff's line drive into the left center field gap to end the second inning with two runners on. In the fifth, center fielder Christy Flick threw out Scharff at the plate to end the inning.

Emory's Brittany File (15-4) held the Panthers to a pair of singles by Wolfe in the first inning and Danielle Newbern in the third. File retired the last eight batters in a row. 

The Eagles got a run in the first inning on a two-out single by Tara Fallahee. They added an unearned run in the sixth for the 2-0 final score.