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WildCats Split Day One of FastPitch Dreams Tournament

The WildCats had 16 hits over two games on Monday.
The WildCats had 16 hits over two games on Monday.

For Immediate Release – 3/6/17 - #223
WildCats Split Day One of FastPitch Dreams Tournament

MYRTLE BEACH, SC – The Randolph College softball team began play in the FastPitch Dreams Tournament in Myrtle Beach, SC on Monday.  The WildCats dropped game one to the University of Mary Washington, 3-2.  The 'Cats turned around quickly, taking down Regis (MA) College, 4-2, in their second game of the day.

The Eagles scored in the top of the first, using two singles and a walk to cross the runner.  But Lindsey Chaney got out of the remaining jam, stranding both runners.  Hunter Glavé hit a shot in the bottom half of the inning but was stranded at second.  After one-two-three innings on both sides of the second, UMW increased its advantage to 2-0.  Caroline Callahan hit a single, and Hannah Hautz followed it with a deep double to center.  The damage could have been more, but Becca Montgomery threw out a runner trying to steal second earlier in the frame.

The 'Cats pulled one back, manufacturing a run with small ball.  Tiffany Allen led off the inning with a single through the middle.  She was bunted over to second by Kate Hodgkiss.  Then with two outs, Glavé hit one through the middle, scoring Allen.  After Chaney set the side down in order, including two strikeouts, Randolph threatened in the fourth.  Dianne Davis singled through the right side, and reached second on an infield hit by Brittany Campbell.  However, Erin Stinson worked her way out of the jam, assisting on the final two putouts.

UMW added to its advantage in the fifth, tallying an unearned run and making the score 3-1.  The WildCats threatened in the bottom half of the inning, as Glavé and Lauren Morris singled, but could not get a runner to cross the plate.

Campbell kept her great game going in the sixth, starting a one-out rally.  She hit an infield chopper, and advanced to second on Courtney Lucado's bloop single.  Sam Breeden stepped up as a pinch-hitter and she drove in Campbell with a single through the right side.  However, the Eagles stopped any further damage, getting the final two outs, and going through a scoreless seventh for the win.

Chaney (3-2 pitching record) finished with five strikeouts, while allowing only two earned runs and seven hits.

After recording 11 hits in the first game of the day, the 'Cats kept up the hitting against the Pride.  Abbi Pannill set the side down in order, striking out the first and third batters looking in first inning.  Then after a Jordyn Knapp walk, Glavé crushed a two-run blast over the right-center fence.  Montgomery came to the plate next, and went back-to-back.  However, her home run sailed over the left-center wall.

After a scoreless inning and a half, where only two runners reached base, the WildCats added to their lead.  Hodgkiss led off the third with an infield single.  She stole second shortly after, with Knapp at the plate.  Knapp bunted her over, but the Pride attempted to throw her out.  The throw went awry and Hodgkiss was able to make it 4-0.

Both teams went down with one hit apiece in the fourth.  Regis then got on the board in the fifth.  The Pride had the first two batters at second and third with two outs, and Kelsey Grimard at the plate.  She knocked in both with a single to right center, cutting the deficit to two.

The Pride threatened in the seventh inning.  Pannill struck out the first batter, but two runners would get on.  However, she got the last batter to fly out, sealing the victory.

Pannill (3-0) struck out nine batters in the complete-game win.  She allowed only six hits.  Glavé finished the day with four hits and three RBI.  She is now one homer away from tying the program record, and sits in second in RBI with 118.

Randolph (7-5 overall) continues play at the tournament on Tuesday with two more games.  The first will come against Ursinus College (2-0) at 9:30 a.m.