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Bats Help ’Cats Sweep Eagles

For Immediate Release – 4/2/17 - #274
Bats Help 'Cats Sweep Eagles

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College softball team hosted Bridgewater College in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) doubleheader on Sunday.  The WildCats recorded 20 hits over the two games, leading to a 10-2 (six innings) and 5-3 sweep of the visitors.

The Eagles were able to tally two runs in the first inning of game one, which was aided by a double from Mikalia Guard.  The 'Cats got out of the jam, as Becca Montgomery picked off a runner at first.  The WildCats then responded in the bottom frame.  Kate Hodgkiss and Dianne Davis hit back-to-back singles to start it off.  They advanced to second and third, and Montgomery loaded the bases with a walk.  Brittany Campbell sent two home with a single into the left center gap to tie it.

Randolph used some small ball to take the lead in the second.  Ashley Dudding led off with a walk and advanced to second on a sac bunt by Tiffany Allen.  Hodgkiss hit a single, and Davis followed it with an infield-RBI single.  Glavé continued the rally, hitting a blooper into right, which scored Hodgkiss, giving the 'Cats a 4-2 advantage.

In the third, Jordyn Knapp and Dudding started a one-out rally, both hitting singles.  They moved up a bag on a wild pitch.  Allen came up next and hit a deep fly to right field.  Knapp beat the throw home, making the score 5-2.  BC almost brought a run back in the fourth, but Goldberg navigated a bases loaded jam, forcing a groundout to Campbell.

Campbell then turned around and gave some insurance.  Davis walked and Lauren Morris reached on an error.  Campbell hit a single through the middle, scoring Davis and Rachel Lee (pinch-running for Morris) and putting the lead at 7-2.

The 'Cats completed the mercy rule win in the sixth inning.  Davis, Glavé, and Montgomery all walked to load the bases.  Campbell drove in another runner, this time without lifting the bat off her shoulders.  Dudding then finished off the game with a two-run single.

Goldberg (3-3 pitching record) and Abbi Pannill combined to allow only six hits over six innings.

Bridgewater threatened in the first inning of game two, but Lindsey Chaney got the final two out, including fanning one.  However, the 'Cats were able to have a runner cross the plate.  Hodgkiss led off with a single and stole second.  She advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a Glavé sac fly.

Despite the pitching of Chaney (four K's in the first three innings), the Eagles were able to put two on the board in the third.  They were aided by an RBI single from Lindsey Talley.  However, the 'Cats tied it back up in the next frame.  Davis led off with a wall-ball double.  Lauren Morris singled her home with a base knock up the middle.

Randolph grabbed the lead back in the fourth inning, doing all of the damage with two outs.  Allen walked, but was out on a fielder's choice.  Davis walked, moving Hodgkiss up.  Glavé drove her in with a single to left.  Morris followed with a bases-clearing single, pushing the lead to 5-2.  Montgomery and Campbell loaded the bases with base knocks of their own, but Knapp was robbed by the shortstop to end the damage.

BC came back again, plating a run after getting two infield singles and advancing on a sac bunt.  A tough foul pop-up was hit and Hodgkiss made a great catch, but the runner at third was able to tag and score.  But that would be the end of the scoring on the afternoon.  Chaney (7-6) struck out two more batters, including the final one of the game.

Five different players recorded three or more hits on the day.  Morris led the way with four (all in game two), while Dudding, Campbell, Hodgkiss, and Davis all had three.  Campbell tallied five RBI, all in game one, which is the second-highest total (in a tie) in a single game.  Chaney finished the day with seven strikeouts. 

Randolph (17-13 overall, 4-8 ODAC) will be at home for its next two doubleheaders, as the first will be a make-up.  The WildCats welcome Mary Baldwin University (7-23) to Rivermont Ave on Tuesday, with first pitch set for 3 p.m.