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’Cats Drop DH to Wasps

For Immediate Release – 3/29/17 - #266
'Cats Drop DH to Wasps

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader on Wednesday to Emory & Henry College.  The Wasps one the first Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) game 5-2, before taking the second 4-3 in eight innings.

The Wasps got on the board in the first inning, tallying two unearned runs, which included a double by Ashley Thomas.  However, Lindsey Chaney got out of the inning striking out the last batter.  Chaney started to take over after that, pitching a 1-2-3 second, which included a nice snag at third by Brittany Campbell.  In the third, she gave up a leadoff single, but worked around it with two more Ks.

It was in that inning that the WildCats pulled one back.  Jordyn Knapp singled, and was driven home by Hunter Glavé.  She hit a double to left field and Knapp raced home. 

Unfortunately the Wasps were able to pull back two runs in the top of fifth, going up 4-1.  E&H added one in the sixth inning off of a homer by Leah Elswick.  But the 'Cats attempted a comeback in the sixth.  Glavé hit a shot to the fence, just barely missing a home run.  She advanced to third on a grounder by Lauren Morris and scored on an error on an attempted pick-off.   However, that would be the last run as the Wasps held on for the 5-2 lead.

Chaney (6-4 pitching record) finished the game with five strikeouts and three earned runs in seven innings.

The Wasps had a runner get on base to start the second game, but Maggie Goldberg induced an inning-ending double play, with Tiffany Allen starting it.  The WildCats gave her some support in the bottom half.  Kate Hodgkiss led off with a double to left center.  Knapp hit one just over the third baseman's head, getting a double and sending Hodgkiss home.  Glavé and Dianne Davis followed with infield grounders, but it was enough to get Knapp home.  The Wasps responded and tied it up in the top half of the second, but Goldberg got out of any further damage, striking out the last batter.

Randolph grabbed the lead back in the next frame, as Montgomery led off with a single to left center.  She moved to second on a sac bunt by Campbell.  Tiffany Allen hit a grounder to the third baseman on the next at-bat, and Montgomery went to third.  A throw came back to third and went wide, scoring Montgomery.

The pitching proved to be dominant on both sides over the remainder of the game.  Goldberg let in a run at the end of the fourth, tying the score.  However, she got out of trouble by fanning the last batter of the inning.

Abbi Pannill came in to start the fifth and she gave up only two hits in her first three innings of work.  However, the other side was just as good at preventing WildCats from scoring.  Despite four hits, Randolph could not take a lead.

Then in the eighth, the Wasps broke through, using the runner at second to their advantage.  E&H bunted the runner over, and scored the fourth run with an infield single.  The 'Cats could not get the run to tie and force a ninth, falling 4-3.

Pannill (4-2) dropped the game despite only giving up one unearned run.  Hodgkiss finished the day with four hits.

Randolph (15-11 overall, 2-6 ODAC) will return to the road for its next doubleheader.  The WildCats will make the trip to Eastern Mennonite University (15-5, 3-5) for an important ODAC twin bill on Saturday.  Game one begins at 1 p.m.