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Softball Splits Twinbill with Wilson

Alexis Steljes catching the ball

LYNCHBURG, Va. – After falling to visiting Wilson College, 2-1, in the first game, the Randolph College softball team bounced back to win the second game, 6-3, on Saturday afternoon.

The WildCats improve to 7-10 overall and are back in action on Tuesday, March 13 when they travel to Mary Baldwin College. The first game is slated for 3 p.m.

Game 1: Wilson 2, Randolph 1

In the top of the second with two outs on the board, the Phoenix were able to load the bases before a single up the center brought in the first run and load the bases once again. Lindsey Chaney (Charlottesville, Va./The Covenant School) was unable to find the right strike zone and ended up walking a batter to bring Wilson's lead up to 2-0. After a brief meeting in the circle, Chaney managed to strikeout the following batter and send Randolph to the plate.

The WildCats finally caught a break in the bottom of the sixth as Jordyn Knapp (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) was walked to give Randolph its first runner on base. A sacrifice bunt by Tiffany Allen (Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield) advanced Knapp to second before she headed for third as Courtney Lucado (Buchanan, Va./James River) hit a ball that was caught in foul territory. The WildCats would finally get their only run of the game as Rachel Lee (Clifton, Va./Centreville) stepped up to hit a single to right center, sending Knapp home.  

Pinch hitter Brittany Gula (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) managed to hit a double to left field, giving Randolph two bodies in scoring position. However, the WildCats would end up leaving both runners on base as Becca Montgomery (Lancaster, S.C./Laney) hit a ball into the glove of the Wilson centerfielder to close out the inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, Randolph looked as if it would be able to tie the score as Briana Harbison (Dumfries, Va./Potomac) doubled to left center but the Phoenix were able to secure the last out of the inning shortly after, giving them the final 2-1 victory.

Lee went 1-for-3 at the plate with one RBI while Gula was 1-for-1 for the WildCats. Chaney earned the loss in the circle, giving up five hits, two runs and two errors while striking out seven batters and walking four.

Alison Shockey went 2-for-4 for Wilson while Meghan Bradley was 1-for-2 with one run. Ali Sherman and Raechelle Hilsbish each tallied an RBI for the Phoenix. Megan Potter took the win in the circle, giving up three hits, one run and one error while striking out five batters.

Game 2: Randolph 6, Wilson 3

After two quick outs in the bottom of the first, Taylor Craft (Altavista, Va./Altavista) managed to get on first base after being walked. Harbison stepped up to bat for Randolph and managed to hit a single through the right side, allowing Craft to run all the way to third base, before stealing second. With two runners in scoring position, Gula managed to reach first on an error by the shortstop, enabling Haribson to advance to second and Craft to reach home plate for the WildCats first run of the game.

Alexis Steljes (Charlottesville, Va./The Covenant School) followed up with a single to first base to bring home Harbison and send Gula into scoring position. Steljes took advantage of a wild pitch to advance to second but on the following hit, the ball managed to find her ankle as she was headed to third, causing the inning to conclude.

Wilson was able to catch up in the top of the fourth as the Phoenix landed two runners in scoring position and only one out against them. A Randolph wild pitch would allow one Wilson runner to score and advance the other to third. Shockey would bring home the runner shortly after as she grounded out to second base, making it a 2-all game.

The Phoenix jumped ahead 3-2 in the top of the fifth but the WildCats responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Blair Epperson (Nathalie, Va./William Campbell) would walk to get on first before advancing off of a sacrifice bunt from Craft. Harbison knocked out a double to place Epperson at third. Both runners would score for Randolph with Epperson scoring off of Gula's ground out to shortstop while Harbison took advantage of a Wilson throwing error to find home plate and give the WildCats a 4-3 lead. Gracyn Allen-Ingle (Mebane, N.C./Eastern Alamance) brought in Randolph's last run of the inning as the senior pitcher doubled to left center to bring home Steljes.

Randolph scored its sixth and final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth as Lee took advantage of a Wilson throwing error to find home plate and seal the win for the WildCats.

Harbison went 3-for-4 with two runs while Steljes and Allen-Ingle were both 2-for-3 at the plate and each recorded one RBI. Gula collected three RBI for the day. Allen-Ingle secured her second win in the circle, giving up three hits, three runs and three errors while striking out five batters and walking three.

Emily Sprague was 1-for-3 with one run for the Phoenix while Jenna Carty went 1-for-2 at the plate with one run. Daphne Buzard earned the loss in the circle, giving up nine hits, six runs and four errors while striking out two batters.