For Immediate Release – 4/14/17 - #297
Extra-Innings Spoil WildCats Senior Day
LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College softball team honored its seniors on Saturday, prior to playing Guilford College in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) doubleheader. Despite the emotion for Hunter Glavé, Ashley Dudding, Maggie Goldberg, and Tristan Hartle, the WildCats dropped both contests. Game one ended in eight innings with the visitors winning 7-4, while GC won game two 7-1.
The WildCats started off very well, almost having a 1-2-3 first. The leadoff batter reached, but was caught stealing at second by Becca Montgomery. Goldberg got the next two out, bringing the 'Cats to the plate.
Dianne Davis started a two-run rally, getting hit by a pitch. Lauren Morris was also hit, and both wound up on second and third after a wild pitch. Montgomery hit a hard ball through the six-hole, scoring both runners and giving Randolph a 2-0 lead. Guilford pulled one back in the third, but Goldberg did a nice job of getting out of a bases loaded jam.
Randolph responded in the bottom half of the third. Hunter Glavé hit an infield single and stole second. She advanced to third on a groundout, and Montgomery earned her third RBI of the game on a bloop single over the third baseman's head. But, the Quakers were able to tally three runs in the fourth, with all three scoring without a hit.
The pitching was the story the rest of game one. Makayla Carver and Abbi Pannill were both dealing, as there were only four hits in the three innings of play. However, it set the WildCats up for a comeback bid in the seventh. Kate Hodgkiss singled and Davis walked. Morris singled up the middle, scoring Hodgkiss and tying the game. The 'Cats continued to threaten and loaded the bases, but could not find the winning run. Unfortunately, the Quakers were able to plate three in the eighth and secure the game one win.
After a scoreless first inning, game two quickly turned. Guilford manufactured two runs off of four hits and a sac bunt in that inning. But the WildCats responded. Morris led off with a double, and was pinch-run for by Sarah Reed. Reed ended up on third after a single by Brittany Campbell. Dudding loaded the bases after being hit by a pitch. Campbell then scored after a crazy play. Reed was out on a grounder, but Courtney Lucado got caught in a run-down, and Campbell was able to score.
The third and fourth innings were clean as well. Both Lindsey Chaney and Courtney Lackey threw 1-2-3 innings and then worked around some trouble. Chaney struck out a batter while getting out of her jam. GC was then able to score three runs, with two unearned in the fifth, and then put the score at 7-1 in the sixth frame.
The 'Cats made a final push in the seventh, loading the bases as Glavé and Dudding singled, and Lucado walked. But no damage could be done, as the Quakers earned the sweep.
Glavé had three hits on the day, while Montgomery led the 'Cats with three RBI on two hits.
Randolph (22-16 overall, 7-11 ODAC) will finish its regular season next Saturday. The WildCats host Shenandoah University (10-26, 5-13), starting at 1 p.m. The doubleheader will decide who has the eighth-seed in the ODAC tournament.