For Immediate Release – 3/26/17 - #262
Chaney and Glavé Help 'Cats Split with #13 Yellow Jackets
ASHLAND, VA – For the second day in-a-row, the Randolph College softball team took on a team ranked in the top-15 of the country. Led by the pitching of Lindsey Chaney and hitting of Hunter Glavé, the WildCats split the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) doubleheader with number-13 Randolph-Macon College, losing 8-2 and winning 5-1 in game two.
R-MC jumped out to an early lead in the first half of the twin bill, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Then in the third, the Yellow Jackets added to its advantage, plating four runs.
The 'Cats pulled one back in the next frame, as Kate Hodgkiss led off with a single to left field. She stole second, but would have advanced anyway as Glavé walked. The bases became loaded, as Lauren Morris reached on a grounder where Hodgkiss beat the throw to third. Brittany Campbell walked, scoring Hodgkiss. However, Randolph-Macon was able to bring that run back, putting the score at 7-1 after four.
Randolph made another attempt at a comeback in the sixth. Glavé reached based on an error by the catcher and advanced to third on a Campbell single. She was thrown out on Dianne Davis' fielder's choice, but Glavé crossed the plate, pulling the WildCats closer. Unfortunately, R-MC scored in the bottom half of the inning, and completed the win in the seventh.
The start of game two saw the WildCats take an early lead, and Glavé tie a record. Jordyn Knapp reached on a bunt single, giving the 'Cats one on and one out with Glavé coming to the plate. Glavé ripped the pitch over the right center wall. It gave Randolph the 2-0 lead, and gave her the 21st home run of her career, tying Nikki Smith for the program record. The WildCats threatened to score more in the inning, as Davis walked and Becca Montgomery singled, but the team could not plate any more runners.
Randolph threatened again in the second, loading the bases. Courtney Lucado was hit, Hodgkiss singled, and Glavé walked. However, no runs were added to the lead.
During that time Chaney took to the circle and was excellent. She sat the side down in order in the first, before working around a single in the second. R-MC scored on a sac fly after a leadoff triple in the third, and then put runners on second and third with that one out. However, Chaney struck out one and forced a pop up to end the frame.
Chaney then worked around a leadoff walk in the fourth. Knapp made a great, diving catch on a line drive and Chaney fanned the last batter to end the frame. Randolph-Macon threatened again in the fifth, but Chaney got two outs with a runner on third. The last out, with two on and in scoring position, came with her firing one by the batter to keep the score at 2-1.
After Chaney threw a 1-2-3 sixth, the WildCats gave her some insurance. Glavé singled through the middle and advanced to third on a double down the line by Morris. Davis hit a grounder to the second baseman, and Glavé beat the throw home. Davis and Lee (pinch-running for Morris) made it 5-1 after crossing the plate on a Montgomery gap-double.
The insurance would not be needed as Chaney (6-3 pitching record) went 1-2-3 in the seventh, including fanning the last two batters, and handing the Yellow Jackets their second loss on the season. In her last three games, she has allowed only three runs (two earned) in 20 innings.
Glavé reached base six times between the two games, recording two hits, three walks, and two RBI. Montgomery had three hits and two RBI on the day, while Davis drove in two runs over the two games.
Randolph (15-9 overall, 2-4 ODAC) will return home for its next conference doubleheader. The WildCats will host Emory & Henry College (15-5, 1-1) on Wednesday. Game one begins at 3 p.m.