SALEM, Va. – Despite a strong pitching performance from junior Logan Carter (Richmond, Va./Midlothian) Friday afternoon, the Randolph College softball team couldn't push across a run in falling to the Hornets of Lynchburg College 2-0 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament opener for both teams.
Randolph (26-15) threatened in the top of the first, as Erin Wehrhan (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) singled to center field to lead off the game. Senior Ashley Gardner (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) singled to center three batters later, putting runners at the corners with two outs. After Gardner took second on a wild pitch, Lynchburg hurler Hope Johnson got out of the jam to keep the game scoreless.
LC (31-9) got on the board in the bottom of the third, as Nicole Riley connected on an RBI double to make the score 1-0. Randolph put its leadoff on again in the fourth inning, as Jess Sanabria (Burgaw, N.C./Pender) singled to left and advanced to second on an error. After a sacrifice bunt, Ashton Ewers (Gladys, Va./William Campbell) had a squeeze bunt attempt, but Sanabria was nailed at the plate.
Randolph was at it again in the fifth frame, as Jessica Nowak (Stafford, Va./North Stafford) doubled to lead off the inning, and took third base on a ground out by Wehrhan. With one out, the WildCats were unable to plate Nowak. Lynchburg doubled its lead in the sixth inning, as Danielle Powell homered to make the score 2-0. The WildCats brought the tying run to the plate in the top of the seventh, but couldn't keep the rally going.
Carter finished allowed two runs on just three hits, striking out six batters on the afternoon. Sophomore Patti Vinson (Williamsburg, Va./Lafayette) had a base hit for the WildCats, who left eight runners on base during the contest. Johnson went the distance for Lynchburg, allowing five hits and striking out four hitters.
Randolph will now take on Shenandoah University this afternoon in an elimination contest from the James E. Moyer Softball Complex.