LYNCHBURG, Va.- While visiting #4 Randolph-Macon was already locked into the second spot in the upcoming Old Dominion Athletic Tournament this weekend, the WildCats softball team looked to improve its position. The Yellowjackets prevented that from happening as they swept Monday's doubleheader with scores of 5-0 and 6-0.
Randolph finishes the regular season with a record of 14-21 overall and 7-11 in the ODAC. The Yellowjackets up their record to 37-3 and 16-2 in the conference.
The first game was a pitcher's duel between Randolph's Lindsey Chaney (Charlottesville, Va./The Covenant School) and Randolph-Macon's Madie Rhoads. Both pitchers were nearly flawless as each tossed six innings of scoreless ball. Randolph looked to get something going in the fifth inning with runners on first and second with no one out. Courtney Lucado (Buchanan, Va./James River) moved runners over with a sacrifice bunt. Brandi Pruitt's (Vernon Hill, Va./Chatham) groundout, however, ended the Randolph scoring chance.
The game remain scoreless at the beginning of the seventh inning. Candace Whittemore led off with a triple. Savannah Wood grounded out but Harley Jones followed with a single to left field to score Whittemore. After Chaney surrendered a walk, Shelby Hill got on base on an error by Kate Hodgkiss (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond River). Rhoads and Taylor Sanderford hit back-to-back singles to bring in three runs. An error on Brittany Campbell (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson) allowed a fourth run to score and the Yellowjackets were ahead 5-0.
Campbell walked to lead off the bottom of the seventh. She was lifted for pinch runner Blair Epperson (Nathalie, Va./William Campbell). Epperson moved into scoring position on a passed ball. She would be caught in a run down on a Jordyn Knapp (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) fielder's choice. The game ended on a Tiffany Allen (Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield) pop up.
Chaney gave up four earned runs on six hits. She walked one and struck out two. Rhoads surrendered two hits and three walks while striking out seven.
In the second game, Gracyn Allen-Ingle (Mebane, N.C./Eastern Alamance) looked good through three innings but ran into trouble in the fourth. Four runs would come across as RMC took a 4-0 lead. Two more would score in the fifth inning.
The Randolph bats were held in check again as the offense only mustered three hits. Allen-Ingle had the lone extra-base hit as she smacked a double in the seventh inning. In the circle, she gave up six runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks to go along with three strikeouts.
With the losses, the WildCats tie Eastern Mennonite for sixth place but due the Royals' sweep of Randolph on April 6, EMU is the sixth seed and the 'Cats are seventh. Randolph will face Randolph-Macon on Friday afternoon in Salem at the James I Moyer Sports Complex. Game time will be at 2:00 p.m.