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WildCats Comeback Helps Split Crosstown DH

For Immediate Release – 4/11/17 - #289
WildCats Comeback Helps Split Crosstown DH

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College softball team played a doubleheader on Tuesday at City and Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) rival, Lynchburg College.  The WildCats lost a close, game one, 2-1.  In game two, the team found itself down 5-0, but came back to win 7-5.

The 'Cats started game one off by threatening in the first.  Kate Hodgkiss walked and advanced to second on a sac bunt by Dianne DavisLauren Morris singled to right, sending Hodgkiss to third, and Becca Montgomery loaded the bases with another walk.  However, Randolph could not plate a runner.

After Lindsey Chaney set the side down in order, the WildCats had two on, as Ashley Dudding doubled and Hodgkiss walked again.  But like the previous inning, LC got out of the jam.  Chaney once again pitched a scoreless frame, setting up the 'Cats lone run.

With one out in the third, Morris stepped to the plate. She crushed one over the left field fence for a solo shot and a 1-0 lead.  However, the Hornets responded in the bottom half of the inning, using three hits and a sac bunt to take a 2-1 advantage.

Both pitchers, Chaney and Conner English, showed why they are two of the best in the ODAC over the rest of the game, as only five hits were allowed.  Chaney ran into trouble on two occasions, but she induced a double-play in the fourth.  Hodgkiss made a nice sliding catch near the third base line, and she doubled off the runner at second.  Then in the sixth, Chaney struck out a batter looking, and Dudding threw out a runner at third base to negate any more damage.  However, the 'Cats could not add a run, as Lynchburg won game one 2-1.

Lynchburg started quickly in game two, scoring two runs in the first inning, with both coming unearned.  In the third, the Hornets doubled their advantage, scoring in similar fashion.  LC made it 5-0 in the fourth, as Kayla Hugate scored on a sacrifice fly by Mackenzie Chitwood.

However, it was in that next inning that the WildCats embarked on their comeback.  Dudding led off the inning with a walk, and found herself on third after an error and a single by Hodgkiss.  She scored in the next at bat, as Davis' grounder could not be handled.  After a change in pitchers, Morris was hit by a pitch, loading things for Montgomery.  She hit a single to left field, scoring two.

Hunter Glavé and Brittany Campbell were walked on back-to-back at-bats, scoring Sarah Reed, who pinch ran for Morris.  It forced another pitching change, as English entered.  However, the same result happened, as Jordyn Knapp walked, and Montgomery scored to tie it.  Dudding then batted for the second time in the inning, and she plated two with a double.

Abbi Pannill continued to pitch well over the next two innings.  She walked one in the fifth, but got the other three out.  In the sixth, she had two runners on, but got the last two out, including forcing an infield pop to end it.

There was a little more trouble in the seventh inning, but the WildCats defense stepped up to complete the win.  With a runner on second and one out, a deep hit went to the left field fence.  Davis picked it up and threw it to Hodgkiss, who relayed it to Montgomery.  Montgomery applied the tag keeping the run out.  Then, Knapp made a great basket catch, running in from right field to end the game.

Morris and Montgomery both had three hits on the day, while Dudding had two.  Montgomery and Dudding both had two RBI as well.  Pannill (6-2 pitching record) gave up only one run in four and two-thirds innings.

Randolph (22-14 overall, 7-9 ODAC) will return home for its next doubleheader.  The WildCats host Guilford College (25-11, 10-6) on Saturday.  Prior to the 3 p.m. start time, the 'Cats will honor Glavé, Dudding, Maggie Goldberg, and Tristan Hartle.