LYNCHBURG, Va.- Randolph and Ferrum squared off on Saturday in a key ODAC doubleheader. Both games were nail biters as the teams split. The Panthers won 5-4 in the first game and the 'Cats claimed the second game 3-2.
In the opener, the teams were scoreless through three innings. In the Randolph fourth, the WildCats loaded the bases with one out. Courtney Lucado (Buchanan, Va./James River) reached on a fielder's choice to bring in a run and Rachel Lee (Clifton, Va./Centreville) singled in two runs to give the WildCats a 3-0 lead.
In the Ferrum fifth, the Panthers went ahead with a four-run inning. The 'Cats tied it up in the bottom of the sixth on a Lucado RBI double.
The Panthers grabbed the lead back in the seventh as Jordan Hamlett hit an inside the park homerun. Randolph's rally in the bottom portion of the inning was kept at bay as the WildCats went down 1-2-3 on three consecutive groundouts.
Starting pitcher Lindsey Chaney (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant School) went the distance in the circle for Randolph as she gave up four earned runs on eight hits. She walked one and struck out 10 Panther batters.
Nadia Tibbs (Lynchburg, Va./Brookville) collected two hits and scored once. Lucado and Lee both knocked in a pair of runs.
In the second game, Ferrum led 1-0 after Arielle Eure scored on a passed ball. Randolph tied it up on a Hailey Thomas (Montpelier, Va./Patrick Henry) RBI groundout and went up 2-1 on a Lucado RBI single.
The WildCats added to their lead on a Delaney Nuckols (Rockville, Va./Patrick Henry) RBI single in the second inning. Ferrum scored once in the third inning but was shutout for the remainder of the contest as the combination of starter Abbi Pannill (Prince George, Va./Prince George) and Chaney held the Panthers to just two hits.
Pannill picked up the win with one earned run given up on four hits through five innings. She walked five and struck out seven. Chaney registered the save with two innings of relief and two hits surrendered. She walked one and struck out one. It was Chaney's first save of the season and her first in two seasons. It was the fourth save overall for her career.
At the plate, Nuckols was 2-for-3 with a run scored, a run batted in, and a stolen base. Lucado was 1-for-3 with a run batted in. Taylor Craft (Altavista, Va./Altavista) had Randolph's only extra base hit, a double in the second inning.
Randolph (12-13-1) travels to North Carolina tomorrow for a non-conference tilt with Pfeiffer. Game times will be at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.