For Immediate Release – 3/4/17 - #218
WildCats Deal in Game One of Split
LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College softball team played a doubleheader against William Peace University on Saturday. The WildCats dropped a close game two, 7-6, which followed a run-away game one win. The 'Cats mercy-ruled their opponents, 8-0 in five innings.
The WildCats started off the scoring right away in the first. Kate Hodgkiss led off with a double down the right field line. Hunter Glavé followed with a single, getting her to third. Both advanced on a wild pitch, with Hodgkiss scoring. After a Lauren Morris walk, Becca Montgomery drove in Glavé with a double. Brittany Campbell completed the four-run inning with a two-run single.
It kept going in the second inning. Courtney Lucado and Hodgkiss hit back to back infield singles. A fielder's choice saw Jordyn Knapp get on, and Morris began things with two outs. She drove in Hodgkiss with a single. Montgomery drove in two with a double that hit the fence in right center. Campbell then chased the starting pitcher, with an RBI single, making the score 8-0 going into the third.
The WildCats kept the advantage thanks to the pitching and the defense. Lindsey Chaney took to the circle and yielded her first hit in the fourth. Knapp made several nice catches, and Chaney struck out four batters, as the 'Cats won with a mercy rule 8-0, five inning win.
William Peace was the first on the board in game two, scoring off back-to-back doubles. However, the 'Cats answered, manufacturing a run with small ball. Montgomery pulled off a squeeze, as Hodgkiss was bunted home. The Pacers pulled back into the lead in the second frame, as the team added two more over the next two innings.
In the third, the WildCats tied it up. Hodgkiss had a bunt single, before Knapp walked. Glavé forced them over with a groundout. Both Hodgkiss and Knapp would score soon after, as WPU committed two errors. But William Peace responded with three runs in the next inning, taking a 6-3 lead.
The 'Cats cut into the deficit during the fifth. Knapp and Glavé singled, and Montgomery walked, loading the bases. Dianne Davis hit a deep fly to left, scoring Knapp on the sacrifice. Brittany Campbell then hit a pinch-hit single into center, scoring Glavé, and bringing the margin to 6-5.
The teams traded runs in the sixth, as Heather McLean homered for the visitors. However, Knapp scored in the bottom half, being driven home by a Montgomery single.
The WildCats threatened in the seventh. Davis led off with a walk, before Campbell singled. Tiffany Allen bunted them over, but the WildCats could not drive them in.
Chaney gave up just one hit and faced only 18 batters in her game one win. Montgomery finished the two games with five RBI, while Campbell drove in four on the day. Campbell also went 4-4 on the day, including a walk.
Randolph (6-4 overall) will travel on Sunday, heading to a Spring Break trip in Myrtle Beach, SC. The WildCats will begin play on Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. against the University of Mary Washington.