For Immediate Release – 2/18/17 - #199
Randolph Starts Season with Two Wins
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Randolph College softball team opened up its 2017 season on Saturday. The WildCats played two games at the Salem College Invitational, playing Southern Virginia University and Frostburg State University. The 'Cats took down SVU 16-2 in five innings, before beating FSU 6-1 in the nightcap.
The win over Southern Virginia also was the first in the career for new head coach Sara Flinn, winning in her debut.
The WildCats started out very strong against SVU. Kate Hodgkiss and Jordyn Knapp singled to start things, before Hunter Glavé was hit by a pitch. Lauren Morris then walked, getting an RBI. After two outs, Brittany Campbell recorded an RBI with a walk. Shortly after, Glavé scored on a passed ball, making it 3-0 after the top of the first.
In the second, Courtney Lucado walked and advanced to third after an error gave Hodgkiss second. Lucado then scored on an error, before Hodgkiss and Knapp were driven home by a big double from Glavé.
The scoring kept up in the third, as Ashley Dudding and Campbell wound up on second and third thanks to a walk, error, and a passed ball. Campbell crossed the plate, after the Knights pitcher mishandled a grounder from Lucado. She then stole second, before her and Dudding were knocked home by a Hodgkiss double. Hodgkiss was the fourth runner to add to the score, as she came home off of another error.
During these three innings, Southern Virginia was held off the board, as Abbi Pannill was dealing. She struck out four over three innings, and pitched a 1-2-3 in the second and third. Pannill did get some help, as Dianne Davis picked off a runner at third in the first, but that was the closest they got against her. Maggie Goldberg came in for relief and allowed only one earned run over the final two frames.
The game would only need five innings, because the WildCats forced the mercy rule, as they were leading by more than eight runs after five innings. The 'Cats added two more in the fourth, as Campbell drove in Davis with a double, and Lucado knocked home Campbell with a single. Randolph added another unearned run in the fifth, before Lucado hit a bases-clearing double, sealing the 16-2 win.
The second game of the day did not feature the same amount of hitting, but still featured stellar pitching by the 'Cats. This time, Lindsey Chaney took to the circle and dominated the Bobcats. She fanned 14 batters over the seven innings, which set a new Randolph record for most strikeouts in a game. She sat down two or more batters in the first five innings, including taking down the side in the second and fourth. Additionally, she only gave up one run in her impressive outing.
Chaney got help right from the beginning of the game. The WildCats manufactured Hodgkiss over to third with one out, and Morris drove her in with a sacrifice fly. In the third inning, she crossed the plate again, this time after Glavé singled to center field.
That same duo combined for the third run. Hodgkiss hit a double with one out in the inning. Then, after another out, Glavé doubled her home, giving Randolph a 3-1 lead.
It would have been enough, but the WildCats opened it up in the seventh. Knapp hit her first-career home run with one out. Davis then drove in Glavé with a single, while Campbell drove in Sarah Reed to round off the scoring.
Hodgkiss registered five hits on the day, while Glavé had four. The team registered 25 hits between the two games, compared to allowing only eight.
Randolph (2-0) will finish up the Salem College Invitational on Sunday, playing two more games. The WildCats play Frostburg St. again at noon on Sunday, before finishing the tournament with Salem at 4 p.m.