For Immediate Release – 4/5/17 - #278
WildCats Outscore Vixens 30-0 in Sweep
LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College softball team swept Sweet Briar College on Wednesday, winning the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) games 19-0 and 11-0. There were several impressive performances in the two games.
Abbi Pannill got things going in the circle right from the get-go. She struck out the first two Vixens before forcing a pop-up to end the 1-2-3 inning. The 'Cats jumped on Sweet Briar in the bottom half. Kate Hodgkiss led off with a triple to the left field fence. She scored on a sac bunt by Courtney Lucado. However, Lucado reached on a throwing error and advanced to third. She then scored on a groundout by Hunter Glavé, to make it 2-0 going into the second. Pannill kept it going in the second, striking out the last two and stranding a runner on the second.
Randolph expanded its lead in the second. The team started off with nine-straight reaching base, eight hits and only one walk. Pannill had a triple, while Hodgkiss, Glavé, Campbell, and Jordyn Knapp all had doubles. Glavé scored on that double, rounding the bases, as there was a fielding error. However, later in the inning, Glavé crushed a three-run shot to right center. It was followed by Lauren Morris crushing one over the left field wall. In total the team tallied 15 runs that inning. Randolph added two more in the next inning, with Hodgkiss and Lucado scoring after their respective singles, with Rachel Lee notching an RBI.
Pannill (5-2 pitching record) continued her stout pitching, finishing off the 19-0 win with two more scoreless innings. She finished the five-inning game with seven Ks.
Game two featured the first pitching performance in Knapp's collegiate career. She began the nightcap with two strikeouts. The 'Cats helped her out in the bottom half of the inning, plating three runs. The first run was scored after a pair of errors, but Lucado still had an RBI. Then Ashley Dudding drove in Lucado and Sam Breeden with a single up the middle. Knapp added another strikeout in the second, before the WildCats took total control of the game.
Tiffany Allen led off with a single and stole second. Sarah Reed walked, and Hodgkiss drove in Allen with a single. Becca Montgomery then drove in two runners with a double to left field. She scored after Breeden doubled to center. Breeden and Lucado then crossed the plate, with Dudding getting an RBI on a sac fly, and making the score 9-0.
Randolph completed its scoring in the second game in the third inning. Reed walked and stole second. She advanced on a single by Hodgkiss and scored on a throwing error during a double steal. Davis then hit a sac fly to score Hodgkiss.
Knapp (1-0) finished the game off with five strikeouts, registering her first-ever win in her first appearance. She also registered two hits and two RBI in game one. Lucado notched three hits and one RBI on the day, Hodgkiss had a team-high five hits and four RBI. Glavé drove in the most with five, while Breeden ended up with three hits and two runners driven in.
Randolph (21-13 overall, 6-8 ODAC) will be off for a week before returning to ODAC play. It will be the final road DH of the year, but it will be a short trip. The WildCats will travel across town to Lynchburg College (22-8, 7-3) on Tuesday, with games beginning at 3 p.m.