For Immediate Release – 4/21/17 - #305
WildCats Clinch Spot in the ODAC Tournament; Glavé Sets Another Record
LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College softball team wrapped up the eighth-seed for next week's Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament on Friday. The WildCats swept Shenandoah University, 5-3 and 3-1, to clinch the spot. Over the two games, Hunter Glavé took over the program lead for most RBI in a career.
Lindsey Chaney started off the decisive game running into a little trouble in the circle. However, she settled down and struck out a batter and forced a foul-pop to get out of a bases-loaded jam. After another strong inning in the second by Chaney, the 'Cats got on the board. Glavé began things with an infield single. Brittany Campbell followed with a single after Glavé stole second. Jordyn Knapp then executed a perfect suicide squeeze, as her bunt scored Glavé. Ashley Dudding was hit to load the bases. After an out and a run scoring on an illegal pitch, Kate Hodgkiss made it 3-0 with a bunt single.
Randolph added another tally in the third, as Montgomery reached to start on a catcher's interference. Lauren Morris knocked her to second on a single, and Glavé drove her in, singling through the right side, putting the score at 4-0 after three.
Shenandoah was able to claw back in the fourth, scoring three runs after loading the bases early. The team hit a couple of singles to drive in the three. But the WildCats took one back in the bottom half of the inning. Dudding reached on a catcher's interference. She advanced on a sac bunt by Tiffany Allen, and she scored on a single down the line by Hodgkiss.
Pitching dominated the rest of the way. Katherine Seidl threw two 1-2-3 frames, and Chaney only gave up one runner during that time. She struck out the first two in the seventh and almost had a perfect inning, but the sun got in a fielder's eyes. The bases soon became loaded, but Chaney forced a foul-pop to Hodgkiss to end the game, and seal the eighth-seed in the ODAC tournament.
Chaney (9-8 pitching record) ended the game with five strikeouts.
Maggie Goldberg kept the stellar pitching going at the start of number two. She struck out two in the first frame, stranding a runner. Randolph added its first in the bottom half. Hodgkiss led off with a gap-double. She advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sac fly by Glavé. That RBI for Glavé tied the school record for most in a career.
Pitching continued to be the story after that inning. Goldberg allowed a single run in the third, but neither team could find more than that for a few innings. The WildCats defense came up big as well, as Sam Breeden tagged third and threw the runner out at first, ending a jam in the third.
Abbi Pannill came in relief in the fifth and kept up the excellence in the circle. She set her first side down in order. The 'Cats then came out and took the lead. Alexis Steljes led off with a pinch-hit single. Hodgkiss singled, advancing Allen (who had re-entered) to second. Courtney Lucado walked, loading the bases for Glavé. Glavé then broke the program-record for most RBI in a career, as she drove in Allen. The single to right field gave her RBI number 136.
The lead was further extended as Davis hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Hodgkiss from third.
Pannill (6-3) gave up a single runner in each remaining inning, but there would be no further damage, especially as there was some fine help defensively. Lindsay Corbin hit a deep drive to left with a runner on and two outs in the seventh, but Lucado made the catch at the fence, sealing the win.
Hodgkiss finished the day with five hits and two RBI, while Glavé registered her three RBI on three hits.
Randolph (24-16 overall, 9-11 ODAC) will compete next Friday in the ODAC Tournament as the number-eight seed. The schedule has not been released, but at this point, the WildCats are tentatively scheduled to take on nationally-ranked number-one Virginia Wesleyan College at 1 p.m. in Salem, VA.