For Immediate Release – 3/25/17 - #257
Marlins Third-Ranked Pitching Takes Down WildCats
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – The Randolph College softball team played the number-three team in the country on Saturday in a doubleheader. The WildCats dropped both contests to Virginia Wesleyan College, 2-1 and 7-0. The games were highlighted by the pitching, especially in game one between Lindsey Chaney and Hannah Hull.
The pitchers' duel started right from the beginning, as both Hull and Chaney were brilliant in the circle. Hull came out and did not allow a runner to reach base until the fourth inning, as she walked Hunter Glavé. She walked Becca Montgomery in the fifth but got out of both of those innings. During that time, she struck out 14 batters, and kept the WildCats at bay.
However, Chaney was just as good for the 'Cats and received some help in the field, especially from third baseman Brittany Campbell. Chaney saw runners reach in the first on an error and a hit in the second. She then proceeded to set every other batter down that she faced. Chaney also pitched a 1-2-3 third. She ran into trouble in the fourth and gave up an unearned run. But the sophomore continued to shine giving up only one hit in each of the next two innings. Unfortunately, one of those was a home run in the sixth, making the score 2-0.
Campbell made several great plays in the field, helping make sure VWC would not extend its advantage. She snagged a couple of line drives, and made four other solid fielding plays.
The 'Cats made a push in the seventh, as Glavé led off with a walk. Hull was then pulled after Lauren Morris singled, putting two runners on with no outs. Montgomery came up and she singled through the middle, scoring Sarah Reed, who had pinch run for Glavé. But the 'Cats would add no more.
Chaney (5-3 pitching record) was the hard-luck loser, giving up only four hits and two runs (one earned) in six innings.
Game two featured stout pitching as well, with Abbi Pannill going against Courtney Wright. Glavé singled in the first, but Wright was able to get out of the trouble. In the bottom half, Pannill walked two batters, but struck out two looking, ending the inning without any trouble. Wright then worked around a leadoff single from Dianne Davis.
Virginia Wesleyan broke through in the second, scoring two runs, as Kiersten Richardson doubled in both with two outs. The Marlins added to the advantage in the third, scoring three runs, with two coming after the second out. VWC made it 6-0 in the fourth, but Maggie Goldberg induced an inning-ending double-play. A grounder was hit to Campbell, who threw it home, and Montgomery whipped it to Glavé.
VWC added its last run in the sixth, and got the final three outs to seal the sweep.
Pannill (4-1) suffered her first career loss while striking out four. Goldberg gave up only one run in three innings of relief.
Randolph (14-8 overall, 1-3 ODAC) will finish up its six-game road trip on Sunday. The WildCats will take on 13th-ranked Randolph-Macon College (15-1, 2-0) in a doubleheader that begins at 12 p.m.