For Immediate Release – 4/1/17 - #270
Randolph Falls In Heartbreak
HARRISONBURG, VA – The Randolph College softball team played an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) doubleheader at Eastern Mennonite University on Saturday. The WildCats dropped game one, 8-0 in five innings, and lost 6-5 in game two. The second game ended in a tough way for the 'Cats.
The WildCats threatened to score in the first inning. Kate Hodgkiss led off with a walk, and she advanced to second after Hunter Glavé hit a single. However, Lauren Seale got out of trouble and the Royals began their scoring in the bottom half of the frame. EMU went on to tally five runs over the next three innings, taking a 5-0 lead into the fourth. After Eastern Mennonite was held without a run in the fourth, the Royals scored three in the fifth to end the game, 8-0.
Randolph got on board for the first time in the afternoon in the first inning of game two. Hodgkiss reached on an error and got all the way to second. She advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Dianne Davis. Glavé walked, and on the fourth pitch, there was a passed ball, and Hodgkiss was able to score.
The next two frames saw both teams go down in order, with Maggie Goldberg throwing a 1-2-3 inning in the first. However, the Royals responded with a single run in the second and the third, taking an early lead. Neither team was able to score in the fourth, which saw Abbi Pannill get out of a jam.
It was in that fifth that the WildCats took the lead back. Once again, Hodgkiss got it started, leading off with a single. She stole second and ended up on third after a bad throw to second. Davis drove her in with a sac fly, and Glavé reached on an error after her. She stole second and was driven home by a double from Becca Montgomery. Brittany Campbell then made it 4-2, singling up the middle and sending Montgomery home.
The 'Cats extended the lead in the sixth, as Tiffany Allen led off with a single down the left field line. She advanced on a groundout, and was driven home by a single to right by Davis.
Savannah Jones pulled one back for the hosts in the bottom of the sixth, as she hit a home run. However, Randolph still held a 5-3 advantage going into the bottom half of the seventh. EMU was able to manufacture three runs, and earn the walk-off win.
Allen finished the day with three hits, while Davis had two and two RBI.
Randolph (15-13 overall, 2-8 ODAC) will get no time off, as the team will host a doubleheader on Sunday. The WildCats will welcome ODAC member Bridgewater College, with game one beginning at 1 p.m.