For Immediate Release – 4/4/17 - #276
Glavé Sets Record in Sweep of MBU
LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College softball team swept Mary Baldwin University on Tuesday, 11-6 and 5-1. The 'Cats were aided in the game one win by first baseman Hunter Glavé, who broke the program record for home runs in a career, when she crushed her 22nd over the right field fence.
There was quite a bit of scoring prior to that shot, however. The Fighting Squirrels were the first to get on the board, using four singles and two walks to score five runs. But the WildCats responded right away. Kate Hodgkiss led off with a hit by pitch, and she scored on a double down the left field line by Dianne Davis. Glavé followed that with a triple to the deepest part of the park, plating Davis. Lauren Morris hit a single to left center, putting the score at 5-3. The bases became loaded on two different occasions, and Morris scored on a passed ball, while Montgomery tied the score on a sac fly by Tiffany Allen.
MBU retook the lead in the second, tallying off of a long single by Morgan Tully, but the 'Cats answered again. Glavé started a two-out rally with a long double to the fence. She stole third and was driven home by a double from Morris. Lindsey Chaney came out in the next frame and struck out the first two, and completed the 1-2-3 with a groundout.
Randolph continued its scoring ways in the third. Jordyn Knapp was hit by a pitch and scored on a wall-ball double by Ashley Dudding. The 'Cats manufactured a second as Dudding advanced to third on fly by Allen. She scored on the next at-bat, as Hodgkiss drove her in with a single.
The scoring slowed down for both sides, especially for the visitors as Chaney took over. She fanned two batters and gave up only one hit in between the fourth and sixth innings.
It was in the bottom half of the sixth that Glavé set the record. She had been crushing the ball all day, and this at-bat was no different. She sent the record-breaker over the right field fence. Morris followed it with a single, and Montgomery walked. Then Brittany Campbell hit a single to left, but the fielder could not pick it up cleanly, allowing Morris and Montgomery to score.
Chaney (8-6 pitching record) came out in the seventh, and finished the game by snagging a line drive and throwing to first to complete the double-play.
The WildCats kept things going in the start of the second. Morris pitched a quick 1-2-3, including fanning one. She then helped her cause in the bottom half by driving in Davis. Davis was on second after hitting a double to left center wall, and her run put the score at 1-0.
After that run, the play of the doubleheader changed, as pitching took over and runs were difficult to come by. Morris gave up two runners (one hit) in the second, but struck out two to get out of the inning. She added flawless innings in the third and fourth, before facing only four batters in the fifth (one walk).
During that time, Morris' counterpart, Courtney Gordon, was pitching just as well. She gave up only two hits, a single to Knapp and a double to Morris, but was replaced in the fifth. The 'Cats took advantage and added three runs. Rachel Lee singled and advanced to third on a double by Courtney Lucado. Hodgkiss singled up the middle, driving in both runners. Hodgkiss ended up on third and scored on a sac fly by Glavé, completing the inning.
However, Sam Bird pulled a run back for the Fighting Squirrels, hitting a shot to left field. But, the WildCats reclaimed the four-run lead in the sixth. Campbell singled and advanced on a wild pitch. Sarah Reed bunted herself on, before Lee singled home Campbell, notching the score at 5-1.
Morris (4-2) finished off the game in the seventh, including striking out one. She finished the game with six strikeouts. Her biggest impact on the day came at the plate, as she finished 7-7 with three RBI. Glavé and Hodgkiss each finished the day with three hits and three RBI.
Randolph (19-13 overall, 4-8 ODAC) will return to the field tomorrow to host Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) foe Sweet Briar College (0-18, 0-10). The twin bill begins at 3 p.m.