For Immediate Release – 2/22/17 - #206
Randolph Earns Split at Greensboro
GREENSBORO, NC – The Randolph College softball team traveled to Greensboro College on Wednesday for a nonconference doubleheader. The WildCats fell in a tight game one, 9-8, before winning the nightcap 8-4.
Game one featured several rallies by both teams. Neither team got anything going early on, as Lindsey Chaney struck out one batter, while stranding one. She then set the side down in order in the second and the third, which included two strikeouts in both.
During that time, the 'Cats helped Chaney with support. Lauren Morris led off the second with a single. She was out at second on a Becca Montgomery fielder's choice, but Montgomery got to second on a Courtney Lucado walk. Brittany Campbell drove Montgomery home with a single up the middle. Randolph made it 2-0 in the third, as Jordyn Knapp led off with a triple to left center. Hunter Glavé grounded out to the second baseman, and Knapp was able to score.
The Pride responded in the fourth. GC produced six runs in the bottom half, taking a 6-2 lead. But the 'Cats came right back in the top of the fifth. Tiffany Allen and Knapp both got on by a walk. Morris then drove in Allen with a two-out single to left. Montgomery followed her with a triple to right center, scoring the two runners. After a new pitcher came in, Montgomery crossed the plate when Lucado was walked on an illegal pitch. Campbell singled, and Ashley Dudding put Randolph back in the lead with an RBI single.
Greensboro tied the score in the fifth, but the sixth would not feature the same fireworks. However, the seventh would feature both teams scoring. Montgomery led off with a single, and advanced to third after Campbell hit one to right. Dudding then hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Montgomery and putting Randolph back ahead. But the Pride responded in the home half, and walked off with a double, scoring two runners and the 9-8 victory.
Game two was a pitchers' duel early on. Neither team saw a runner cross the plate in the first three innings. Morris took to the circle for the 'Cats and got a 1-2-3 in the first. In the second, she walked one, but struck out the last batter to keep things at 0-0. Morris gave up her first hit in the third, but the other three batters were out, including adding another strikeout.
It was at this point that the bats came alive. Glavé started it off with a single. Morris helped out her own cause, with a single, and the two runners ended up at second and third after a wild pitch. Dianne Davis stepped up next and drove in Glavé with a sac fly.
Greensboro countered with a run in the bottom half, but it could have been more. GC had a runner on third, and she was caught in a pickle on a grounder. Davis ended up tagging her out. Morris then threw it by a batter to head to the fifth. Randolph threatened in the next inning, as Kate Hodgkiss wound up on third, but the team could not get her across, keeping the score at 1-1.
Greensboro took the lead in the fifth, plating one runner. It could have been more, but Campbell made a great snag on a line drive. However, the next two innings for the WildCats sealed the win.
Glavé began the rally with a single. After stealing second, Abbi Pannil hit an infield single, sending Glavé to third. Davis did the same, and Glavé tied the game. Sam Breeden walked and loaded the bases. Rachel Lee hit a single to right, scoring two, and Hodgkiss followed her with a single driving in Breeden.
Pannill set the side down in order, before the 'Cats added to their advantage. Once again, Glavé started things with a single. She stole second and was forced to third. She then scored on a wild pitch. Pannill singled to center, before being driven home by a Davis triple. Lee brought her home with a single to right.
The bottom half of the seventh was not easy despite the 8-2 lead. The Pride scored twice and loaded the bases down 8-4. But Pannill forced a fly out to Lee, sealing the win.
Davis, Lee, Montgomery, and Dudding all ended the day with multiple RBI. Pannill picked up her second win of the year in the second game.
Randolph (4-2 overall) returns home for the first time on Sunday. The 'Cats host Ferrum College (0-2), with game one beginning at 1 p.m.