For Immediate Release – 3/10/17 - #234
WildCats Complete Sweep of Phoenix with Walk-Off Single
LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College softball team swept its first doubleheader of the season on Friday, taking down Wilson College in both games. In game one, the WildCats won 5-0. Game two was closer, as the 'Cats needed a run in the bottom of the seventh to win 1-0.
After Lauren Morris set the opening side down in order of game one, the WildCats got on the board through patience at the plate. Jordyn Knapp and Becca Montgomery began things with back-to-back walks. Morris singled through the left side to load the bases. Then, Dianne Davis and Brittany Campbell were walked as well, putting the 'Cats up 2-0.
The team orchestrated another tally in the third with more small-ball. Davis walked and advanced to second on a groundout. Rachel Lee knocked her in with a bloop single, just over the second baseman's reach.
Morris (3-1 pitching record) kept pitching very strongly and got great defensive plays behind her. The fourth was ended on a line drive double-play to Tiffany Allen. In the fifth, the first runner hit a triple and did not score. One runner was caught stealing. Then when the bases were loaded, Campbell and Knapp both made nice plays to preserve the shutout.
Randolph added two more in the bottom of the fifth. Montgomery led off with a walk and advanced on a single by Morris. Davis and Campbell earned back-to-back base on balls again, scoring Montgomery. After an unorthodox double play, Allen blooped in a single to left, scoring Davis. Lindsey Chaney then came in to finish off the last two innings. She got into a little trouble in both, but ended the game catching a liner right back to her.
Pitching was the main story in game two. Maggie Goldberg took to the circle and got into some trouble in the second. However, she struck out two batters, keeping the game at 0-0.
Things stayed that way as Goldberg and her counterpart Megan Potter continued to deal. Potter only allowed hits in the second and sixth innings (until the fateful last inning). Goldberg would have had 1-2-3 innings in every frame except the seventh had it not been for errors (the two hits in the second came after what would have been a third out). In the seventh, Goldberg walked one batter, but got out of the trouble by striking out a batter and forcing a fielder's choice at second to end the inning.
At that time, the WildCats stepped to the plate, looking for that elusive run. Davis led off with a single down the left field line. She made a hard turn, and advanced to second on the throw in from the outfield. The next two batters got out, and Allen stepped to the plate. She singled just in front of the center fielder, and Davis was able to come around and score the winning tally.
Goldberg (2-2) ended the game with five strikeouts and only two hits in seven innings. Over the two games, Davis went 2-3, with three walks, three runs scored, and an RBI. Allen had two hits and two RBI between the two games.
Randolph (13-5 overall) will look to continue its winning streak on Tuesday. The WildCats, winners of seven-straight, host Mary Baldwin University (0-4) at 2 p.m.