For Immediate Release – 3/8/17 - #230
WildCats Get Two More W's in South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH, SC – The Randolph College softball team closed out its spring break trip on Wednesday with two more wins. The 'Cats defeated Robert Morris University of Illinois-Springfield 8-2, before taking down Hilbert College 6-5.
For the first time at the tournament, the WildCats served as the visiting team. That start gave the team the opportunity to score first against Robert Morris, and the 'Cats did just that. Kate Hodgkiss led off with a single and stole second. The bases were soon loaded after Hunter Glavé and Lauren Morris reached without using the bat. Becca Montgomery drove in Hodgkiss with a squeaker through the left side, but the scoring would not stop. Glavé crossed on a wild pitch, with Morris coming home on a Brittany Campbell base hit. Allen completed the 5-0 frame, doubling to left field, clearing the bases.
With solid pitching on both sides over the next few innings, neither team tallied a run. However, Randolph added to its advantage in the fourth. Ashley Dudding led off with blast to left center, reaching second base. Tiffany Allen moved her over with a sacrifice bunt and she scored on a deep groundout by Courtney Lucado.
Randolph threatened again in the fifth, putting two on, but none would cross. However, there was a different story in the sixth. Rachel Lee hit a leadoff single and stole second. She scored with two outs, after two errors by the Eagles. Knapp made it 8-0, as she hit a double to left center, plating Hodgkiss from second.
While the hitting was going on, Lindsey Chaney (4-2 pitching record) continued her string of strong performances. She pitched 1-2-3 innings in the first and fourth, and saw only four batters in the second, third (the fourth was at-bat when the base runner was caught stealing by Montgomery), and fifth. RMU managed to plate two runners in the sixth, extending the game, but one was unearned. Maggie Goldberg came in to pitch the seventh, and finished the game with a strikeout.
Game two was similar, as Randolph started scoring in the first. Hodgkiss led off with a bunt single, and wound up on second after a steal and an error. Knapp knocked her home with base hit up the middle. Glavé and Morris followed with hits in the same direction, as Knapp crossed the plate after Morris' single.
The Hawks cut the deficit to one in the bottom half of the inning, but the WildCats responded right away. Sarah Reed reached with one out on an infield single. She reached second on a groundout, and then scored after a dropped third strike against Knapp. Knapp and Glavé added runs as well, with Morris helping her cause with a two-out double to the left center fence. HC scored another in the bottom half, but Morris worked her way out of a jam, striking out the final two batters.
The bats quieted down for the next few innings as the pitchers took over. Abbi Pannill came in relief in the fourth, and set the side down in order, which included striking out the first two batters. She pitched another 1-2-3 frame in the fifth, before giving up her only hit in the sixth, but no damage would be done.
Randolph added an insurance run in the seventh inning, and it would be needed. Knapp hit a one-out double to left center. She then scored on a single by Rachel Lee, putting the WildCats up 6-2.
Morris came back in to finish the game off, and things got interesting. The Hawks tallied three runs, and had two runners on with one out. But Morris forced the next two into a pop up and fly out to end the game.
Davis and Knapp each had three hits on the day, with Knapp adding two RBI. Morris posted two hits and three RBI, while Allen knocked in two runners during the day.
Randolph (11-5 overall) will return home to play a doubleheader on Friday. The WildCats were originally supposed to play Wilson College (0-4) on Sunday, but the games have moved to Friday. First pitch will be at 1:00 p.m.