WildCats See Season Come to a Close at ODACs

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For Immediate Release – 4/28/16 - #316
WildCats See Season Come to a Close at ODACs

SALEM, VA – The Randolph College softball team entered the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament on Friday as the eighth-seed.  The WildCats took on top-seeded Virginia Wesleyan College in game one, falling 4-1.  The 'Cats then dropped the elimination game against Lynchburg College 5-1, with that loss ending their tournament run.

After Hanna Hull, one of the top pitchers in the country, threw a 1-2-3 first inning against the 'Cats, the Marlins orchestrated a run.  Lindsey Chaney ran into some trouble, after walking a couple of hitters.  VWC, ranked number-one in the country as well as in the ODAC, tallied a run, but Chaney struck out one and forced a pop-out to get out of the inning.

However, the WildCats responded in the second inning.  Lauren Morris led off the frame and continued her strong season.  She crushed the second pitch over the left field fence to tie the score.  It was only the ninth earned run that Hull has given up on the year.

Virginia Wesleyan added a single run in the next three innings, increasing its lead to 4-1.  Chaney did a nice job getting out of a couple of jams, striking out three more batters.  She received added help from Becca Montgomery, as the catcher caught one runner stealing and almost had a second.

Unfortunately, after the home run, Hull showed why she is one of the best in the country in the circle.  She struck out 14 of the final 17 outs in the game, including getting the last three outs by way of the K.  It allowed the Marlins to advance in the winners' bracket, while sending the 'Cats to the losers' bracket.

Both Randolph and Lynchburg needed a win to keep the respective seasons alive, and both teams threatened early in the game.  After two quick outs, Hunter Glavé singled through the left side of the infield.  She wound up on third after a single to center by Morris, with Morris advancing to second on the throw.  However, Conner English forced a fly out to end the inning.

The Hornets put Abbi Pannill in a jam in the next frame, getting two on with one out.  Pannill forced a deep fly out to Dianne Davis in left, before Brittany Campbell made a great diving snag to her right at third base to end the inning.

LC then set the side down in order, before responding with three runs in the second.  Lynchburg added a fourth in the third inning, putting the score at 4-0.  But the WildCats almost brought one back in the fourth.  Ashley Dudding reached on a hard-hit error through the legs of the shortstop.  She ended up on third after a double to right center by Kate Hodgkiss.  But English got the next batter out, once again getting out of the jam.

Lynchburg added one more run in the fifth, putting the score at 5-0.  Randolph then had one of its best opportunities of the day.  Glavé singled again through the right side of the field.  Morris hit a grounder to third, but both were safe as the third baseman made an error.  Montgomery singled up the middle loading the bases with no outs.  However, once again, English worked her way out of a jam, this time striking out three-straight.  Randolph added a run in the seventh, as Davis doubled to the left field fence.  Glavé hit a hard line drive to the second baseman, but the rally would yield no more, ending the game.

Davis led the WildCats with three hits on the day.  Morris and Glavé each added two.

Randolph (24-18 overall) concludes its season with that second loss of the tournament.  With that being said, it sees the careers of Dudding, Maggie Goldberg, and Glavé come to an end.  Dudding provided great fielding in the outfield, Goldberg helped greatly in the circle, and Glavé will leave the program as the most accomplished hitter in the history of the program.