For Immediate Release – 3/7/17 - #226
'Cats Sweep Pair of Opponents
MYRTLE BEACH, SC – The Randolph College softball team continued play at the Fastpitch Dreams Tournament in South Carolina on Tuesday. The WildCats defeated both teams they played on the day, taking down Ursinus College 13-5, before beating Penn State University-Beaver 7-2 in the second game.
The game with Ursinus featured high powered offenses early on. The Bears scored two in the top half of the first, which featured one on a double steal and the other being driven in with a one-out double. However, the WildCats answered. Kate Hodgkiss singled and stole second. Jordyn Knapp and Lauren Morris walked, loading the bases with one out. Becca Montgomery followed with another walk, scoring Hodgkiss. Dianne Davis and Tiffany Allen then ended the three-inning with RBI singles, scoring Knapp and Morris.
UC answered in the next two innings, tallying three runs, and establishing a 5-3 lead. But it would be all Randolph the rest of the way. After Abbi Pannill set the side down in order in the fourth, Davis led off with another single in the bottom half. Following back to back strikeouts, the 'Cats combined for three-straight two-out doubles. Courtney Lucado pushed herself and Davis into scoring position, before Hodgkiss drove both in. Knapp then drove in the center fielder, hitting one to left center, and moving Randolph into the 6-3 lead.
Pannill once again pitched a 1-2-3 inning, and the WildCats kept scoring. Pannill helped her cause by leading off with a hit-by-pitch. Montgomery and Davis hit back-to-back singles, sending Pannill home. Brittany Campbell singled to load the bases, before Sam Breeden drove in Montgomery with a sacrifice fly. Hodgkiss completed the scoring in the inning, driving in Davis with a base hit to left center.
Pannill faced a little more difficulty in the sixth, but stranded two runners, while striking out two. It set up the bottom half of the inning, where the 'Cats ended the game with the mercy-rule. Hunter Glavé was hit to lead off. After an out, Montgomery crushed a ball out of the park for the second-straight day. Davis walked and scored on a Campbell triple. Campbell, the 13th run, crossed the plate on an Allen single through the left side, ending the game.
Pannill (4-0 pitching record) earned the win, going three innings with only one hit. Davis went 3-3 with two RBI.
Despite the different opponent in the second game of the day, the WildCats kept up the strong scoring record. The Nittany Lions scored a run in both the first and second innings, but in between, three 'Cats crossed the plate. Hodgkiss and Knapp each singled on bunts, and Montgomery drove in Hodgkiss with a single through the right side. Then with two outs, Campbell doubled to center, sending Knapp and Montgomery home.
With Randolph leading 3-2 in the third, Maggie Goldberg induced a double-play to get out of trouble. A grounder was hit to Knapp, who threw the runner out. However, the runner at second attempted to take third, but Glavé erased any chance of that with a perfect throw. It gave the team momentum going into the batter's box.
Knapp, Glavé, and Montgomery loaded the bases with walks. Davis then hit a grounder, but the catcher could not catch the fielder's choice, as Knapp scored. Ashley Dudding followed it with a two-out double, scoring Montgomery and making the lead 5-2.
Goldberg gave up three hits over the next two innings, but allowed no one else to touch the plate. The Nittany Lions were not as fortunate. Lucado and Hodgkiss reached base by a walk and a single. Glavé drove both home with a double to left field, completing the scoring. Lindsey Chaney came in to pitch the final two frames, where she earned the save by striking out all six batters she faced.
Hodgkiss finished the day going 5-8 and three RBI. Campbell went 4-7 with three runners driven in, while Montgomery notched five RBI on 4-6 hitting. Goldberg (1-2) earned the win after scattering six hits over five innings.
Randolph (9-5 overall) will finish play at the tournament on Wednesday, playing two more games. The WildCats begin the action at 9:30 a.m. against Robert Morris University-Illinois at Springfield.