LYNCHBURG, Va.- For the 10th straight season, the Randolph softball team has qualified for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament. Play begins this Friday in Salem, Va. The WildCats will face Randolph-Macon at 2:00 p.m.
How they Got Here: Randolph tied for sixth with Eastern Mennonite but due to the Royals' sweep over the WildCats back on April 6, the 'Cats dropped to the #7 seed in the tournament. The Yellowjackets are winners of their last seven contests and are the #2 seed.
Last Meeting: The two teams played each other just days ago in Lynchburg. In the first game of the doubleheader, Randolph pitcher Lindsey Chaney and Randolph-Macon pitcher Madie Rhoads were locked into a scoreless pitching duel through six innings. The Yellowjackets broke through in the seventh inning as they won 5-0. Randolph-Macon took the second game 6-0.
The WildCats: Courtney Lucado, Kate Hodgkiss, and Becca Montgomery all have 14 runs scored. Montgomery has a hit a team-leading three homeruns. Lauren Morris has batted in 12 runs. Chaney has logged 105 innings in the circle and is posting a 3.20 ERA. Her 102 strikeouts are a career-high and she has allowed a career-low 28 walks. She is fourth in the ODAC in strikeouts. Gracyn Allen-Ingle is also having a career season with an ERA at 3.15. She has walked 26 and surrendered just one home run.
The Yellowjackets: As a team, Randolph-Macon is batting .316, which ranks third in the ODAC. The team's 0.75 ERA is the lowest in the conference. Harley Jones is second in the ODAC in homeruns (9) and runs batted in (41). Sami Davidson's .417 batting average is fifth. In the circle, Madi Rhoads' 0.52 ERA is lowest in the conference with Candace Whittemore (0.74) and Kayley Scott (1.01) also ranking in the top five. Whittemore is second in strikeouts with 132 with Rhoads behind her with 118.
ODAC Tournament History: Since first qualifying in 2009, Randolph has a 6-18 record in the tournament. The WildCats' last win came in 2011 when the team advanced to the championship game. Randolph-Macon is 16-18 and won the title in 2015. The two teams had met four times with the Yellowjackets winning all four contests. The last meeting took place in 2016.