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WildCats Split Final Day of Salem Invite

For Immediate Release – 2/19/17 - #200
WildCats Split Final Day of Salem Invite

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Randolph College softball team finished up the Salem College Invitational on Sunday.  The WildCats took down Frostburg State University 5-0 in the first game, before falling to the hosts Salem College 11-8.

Just as in the past two games, the WildCats got on the board in the first inning.  Kate Hodgkiss singled to start it off, and advanced to second on a Jordyn Knapp single.  A fielder's choice found Hodgkiss on third with one out, and Lauren Morris helped out her own cause by hitting a deep grounder to second.  While she got out, Hodgkiss scored giving Randolph the 1-0 lead.

Morris took to the circle and did some nice work in the first.  She allowed three of the first four batters to reach, striking out the other.  However, she got herself out of the jam, forcing a pop up and then striking out the final batter.  The second proved to be easier.  After walking the initial batter, she set the next three down without any damage.

The offense would do its only other scoring in the third, where Courtney Lucado led things off with a single.  Hodgkiss followed with a bunt single and made it to second.  However, Lucado found herself out at third trying to stretch things.  It did not matter, because Knapp followed with a single and Hodgkiss scored.  Hunter Glavé singled in the next at-bat, scoring Knapp.  Morris then stepped up to the plate and made sure she would get the win, hitting her second-career home run.

The 5-0 lead was all that the staff would need in the game with FSU.  Morris found some trouble in both the third and fourth innings, but got out of both unscathed.  She allowed the first two to reach in the third, and then set the next three down.  In the fourth, Morris struck out the leadoff hitter before several Bobcats found their way on.  However, she forced a fly out and line out to Brittany Campbell.

Maggie Goldberg came in for the final three innings and did just as well.  She struck out two batters in the fifth, and got out of a bases loaded jam with a grounder to Campbell.  In the sixth, Goldberg allowed the first two on, before closing out the final three.  She closed out the game with a nearly perfect seventh, giving up only a single.

Game two saw a more difficult game for the 'Cats, as an opposing team scored in the first for the first time this weekend.  After the Spirits tallied two runs, the WildCats answered in the bottom half.  Knapp tripled and then scored as Glavé hit her home on a groundout.  But the Spirits responded with three in the next frame, taking a 5-1 lead going into the third inning.

Lindsey Chaney came in relief in the third and got the side out, including striking out the last batter.  It changed the momentum to the WildCats in the next half.  Hodgkiss singled and worked her way over to third base.  Glavé then reached on an error, as Hodgkiss scored.  Morris singled, and Dianne Davis doubled home Glavé, bringing the score to 5-3 after three.

Chaney kept dealing and set the side down in order again, with another K in there, and the offense kept hitting.  Tiffany Allen singled but ended up on third after an error.  Lucado drove her in with a groundout, narrowing the gap to one.  However, the Spirits extended it in the next inning.

The bats then opened up in the bottom of the fifth.  Knapp, Morris, and Davis all singled.  Then Sam Breeden drove in two with a double.  Ashley Dudding drove in Davis with a sac fly, and Breeden came home after an Allen double.  It gave the 'Cats an 8-6 lead.  But SC rallied for five in the top of the seventh to seal the win.

Hodgkiss and Knapp both had four hits on the day.  Glavé and Morris each knocked in three runners during the two games. 

Randolph (3-1 overall) will stay on the road for its next doubleheader.  The team will return to North Carolina, taking on Greensboro College (1-3) on Wednesday, with game one beginning at 2 p.m.