CARY, N.C.- Randolph softball traveled to North Carolina to participate in the Grand Slam Triangle Classic on Saturday. The WildCats split a doubleheader as they won 12-10 over Maryville (TN) in the first game and fell to Rowan 8-3 in the second.
In the first game, Randolph trailed 9-3 after two innings. The WildCats would go on to outscore the Scots 9-1 the rest of the way and scored four times in the top of the seventh to take the lead.
Courtney Lucado (Buchanan, Va./James River) and Taylor Craft (Altavista, Va./Altavista) were both 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Craft knocked in two with Lucado bringing in one. Dianne Davis (Zuni, Va./Isle of Wright was 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored and one run batted in. Both Lucado and Davis hit homeruns. Craft had two doubles with Lauren Morris (Troy, N.C./West Montgomery)(1-for-4, 1 RBI) and Becca Montgomery (Lancaster, S.C./Laney) (2-for-3, 1 run scored, 2 RBI) also picking up extra base hits.
Morris started in the circle and went 1.1 innings. She gave up nine runs (eight earned) on eight hits. Lindsey Chaney (Charlottesville, Va./The Covenant School) came in relief and picked up the win as she surrendered just one run on four hits while walking four and striking out four.
In Game 2, the Profs got out to a 7-0 lead on the WildCats. Randolph struggled at the plate for the first four innings as it could not advance runners past second base. In the fifth, the 'Cats were poised to get on the scoreboard. Jordyn Knapp (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) led off with a single to right field and Brittany Gula (Chesapeake, va./Indian River) walked to put runners at first and second with no outs. A passed ball advanced runners to second and third. Brandi Pruitt (Vernon Hill, Va./Chatham) struck out for the first out. Kate Hodgkiss (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond River) walked to load the bases. Craft came up and reached on a fielder's choice that scored Knapp from third. Davis laced a single up the middle to plate Gula. Lucado popped out to first to end the inning as the score stood at 7-2.
Rowan scored once in the bottom half of the fifth to make the score 8-2. In the sixth inning, Montgomery singled to right center to lead off. Briana Harbison (Dumfries, Va./Potomac) flied out to left for the first out but Knapp singled and Gula walked to load the bases up. Pruitt struck out but the pitch got past the Prof catcher and the runners advanced with Montgomery scoring the unearned run as the 'Cats got to 8-3.
Montgomery was 2-for-4 batting and scored one run. Knapp was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Abbi Pannill (Prince George, Va./Prince George) got the start in the circle and went two innings. She surrendered three hits, six earned runs, and five walks. She struck out one batter. Camber Thornhill (Pearisburg, Va./Giles) pitched four innings and gave up three hits, two runs (one earned), and five walks.
Randolph returns to the field tomorrow when it plays Mississippi University for Women and Salem in Raleigh. Game 1 starts at 10:00 and Game 2 begins at 2:00 p.m.