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WildCats Earn Tough Split with Ferrum

For Immediate Release – 2/26/17 - #212
WildCats Earn Tough Split with Ferrum

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College softball team hosted Ferrum College on Sunday in a nonconference doubleheader.  The 'Cats dropped game one against the 2016 NCAA tournament participant 11-3 in six innings.  However, the WildCats responded to take game two, 7-3.

Ferrum got on the board in the first inning, as they manufactured a run with two hits and an error.  The 'Cats were still in trouble, but Lauren Morris struck out two looking, and forced a fly ball to left to end the danger.  The Panthers added five more over the next two innings.  Unfortunately two of them came due to the difficult sun, as an outfielder could not see a fly ball which would have ended the third with no damage.  A third runner was thrown out at the plate preventing further runs.

The 'Cats got two of them back in the bottom half of the third.  Tiffany Allen earned a walk, becoming the first base runner for the WildCats.  Kate Hodgkiss followed her with a single, which was misplayed by the left fielder, allowing both to advance.  Jordyn Knapp drove both in with a hard hit to center, but she was thrown out at second, ending the inning.  FC grabbed another tally in the next frame, but Abbi Pannill got out of some trouble with a strikeout.

In the bottom of the fourth, Randolph threatened again.  Hunter Glavé, Pannill, and Becca Montgomery hit three-straight singles.  But Ferrum got out of the danger, with the score staying at 7-2 entering the fifth.  Pannill did the same in the ensuing frame.  Brittany Campbell made a nice play at third and completed the double-play with a throw to Glavé.

Ferrum then added four runs in the sixth inning.  Randolph could not answer, giving the Panthers a six-inning, 11-2, game one win.

Game two featured strong pitching early from Maddie Ols and Lindsey Chaney.  However, in the second, both teams scored, aided by errors.  The Panthers plated two runners, in an inning that saw three players get singles.  The 'Cats pulled one back in the bottom half.  Dianne Davis led off with a single, before Campbell reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a throwing error.  Ashley Dudding then drove her in with a single.

The 'Cats took the lead in the third inning, as Hodgkiss led off with a single and got to second on a throwing error.  Knapp hit her to third on another base knock, and she scored on the ensuing double play.  Montgomery followed that run with a double down the left foul line.  She was driven home by a single through the left side by Davis.

Randolph added to the lead in the fourth.  Campbell led off with another single, and she moved to second after a fielding error by the shortstop.  Hodgkiss laid down a sacrifice bunt, but the second baseman could not handle the throw, and Campbell came around to score.

In the fifth, FC threatened as the team had three hits.  However, with two on and no outs, Knapp made a great diving catch on a line drive and tagged second, for the unassisted double-play.  Ferrum added a run in the sixth as the bases were loaded with only one out.  Claire Harris singled up the middle, scoring one.  But Hodgkiss gunned out the next runner at the plate, as Montgomery made the tag.

Randolph pulled that run back and added two more as insurance in the sixth.  Morris, Hodgkiss, and Knapp had three-straight singles, with two coming on the dirt.  Glavé walked, bringing one home, and Montgomery followed with a sac fly, scoring Hodgkiss.  Sam Breeden drove in Knapp with a single to right field, ending the scoring in the game.

Chaney (2-1 pitching record) came out in the seventh and set three of the four batters down, including one by way of a 'K', sealing the win.

Davis, Hodgkiss, Knapp, and Montgomery all had three hits on the day.  Knapp was the only one on the team with multiple RBI, knocking two runners home in game one.  Harris notched five hits on the day for the Panthers (1-3 overall).

Randolph (5-3) will be off until next Saturday.  The WildCats host William Peace University (7-7) in a nonconference doubleheader before heading on the road for Spring Break.  Game one begins at noon.