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WildCat Softball Falls to #1 Virginia Wesleyan in ODAC Doubleheader

Softball Seniors and coaches
Randolph's eight seniors were recognized prior to the second game (Photo by Roy Evans)

LYNCHBURG, Va.- Randolph softball played host to #1 Virginia Wesleyan in Old Dominion Conference Action on Saturday afternoon. The Marlins remain undefeated on the season with wins of 3-0 and 12-0. The WildCats fall to 12-18 overall and 5-8 in the ODAC.

It didn't take long for the Marlins to take the lead. With one out in the first inning, Madison Glaubke hit a pitch from Lindsey Chaney (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant School) over the left field wall for a homerun to put Virginia Wesleyan ahead 1-0. Chaney's only other blemish was a two-run homer to Cassety Howerin in the fifth inning.

The WildCats struggled against the conference's and the nation's top pitcher in Hannah Hull. Randolph's first baserunner came in the bottom of the fifth when Becca Montgomery (Lancaster, S.C./E.A. Laney) was hit by a pitch.

Hull had a no-hitter going through the seventh inning. With two outs, Lauren Morris (Troy, N.C./West Montgomery) hit a single to break it up.

Chaney finished with three runs given up on seven hits. She walked two and struck out seven. Hull struck out nine for the Marlins.

In the second game, the Marlins jumped on WildCat pitcher Abbi Pannill (Prince George, Va./Prince George) with a six-run first inning. VWU added two more scores in the second inning to lead 8-0.

Randolph looked to get on the scoreboard in the third. After Kate Hodgkiss (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond River) led off with a pop up, Brandi Pruitt (Vernon Hill, Va./Chatham) singled to the first base side. Jordyn Knapp (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) singled to left center with Diane Davis (Zuni, Va./Isle of Wright) following with a walk to load the bases. The runners would be left stranded as Montgomery popped up and Morris struck out to end the inning.

Daja Burgee hit a three-run homerun in the fourth and Danielle Stewart doubled in a run in the fifth inning.

Pannill gave up six runs (three earned) on five hits in one inning. She walked one. Morris came in and gave up six runs on seven hits. She also walked a batter.

Pruitt and Knapp were both 1-for-3. Davis was 1-for-1 with a walk and Brittany Campbell (Mansassa, Va./Stonewall Jackson) finished 1-for-2.

Before the second game, Randolph honored its eight graduating seniors. It was also Alumni Day with several former players in attendance and Autism Awareness.

Randolph will play #6 Randolph-Macon in its next contest. The game was originally scheduled for Sunday but was postponed due to forecasted inclement weather. Stay posted to www.randolphwildcats.com for updates.