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Softball Drops Doubleheader to #1 Virginia Wesleyan

Abbi Pannill pitching
Abbi Pannill (Photo by Roy Evans)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.- The Randolph softball team began Old Dominion Athletic Conference play on Saturday afternoon against defending ODAC and National Champion Virginia Wesleyan. The Marlins won the doubleheader by scores of 10-1 and 4-1.

The WildCats fall to 9-6-1 on the season. Virginia Wesleyan remains undefeated at 15-0.

In the first game, Delaney Nuckols (Rockville, Va./Patrick Henry) led off with a bunt single for the WildCats against Marlins starter Hanna Hull. With two outs, Nuckols was caught stealing second base and the inning was over.

Virginia Wesleyan scored four times in the bottom half of the first to lead 4-0. A pair of runs in the second and four more in the third gave the home team a 10-0 lead. The WildCats' lone run came on a Taylor Craft (Altavista, Va./Altavista) RBI groundout.

Blair Epperson (Nathalie, Va./William Campbell) started and went two innings. She gave up six runs on seven hits and walked three while striking out one. Danielle Shannon (Greensville, Va./Riverheads) came in for two innings and allowed three earned runs on four hits, walking one, and striking out two.

Nuckols, Madison Brown (Forest, Va./Jefferson Forest), and Shannon were all 1-for-2 at the plate. Shannon had the only extra-base hit for the WildCats.

In the second game, it was a scoreless battle until the bottom of the third inning as Jessica Goldyn's RBI triple gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The score remained that way until the Randolph sixth. With one out, Nuckols doubled to right center and moved to third on a Courtney Lucado (Buchanan, Va./James River) single. Brown grounded out to second base that allowed Nuckols to score and knotted the game at 1-1.

In the Marlins portion of the sixth, Goldyn tripled again and scored on a Julia Sinnett single to put Virginia Wesleyan ahead 2-1. Two more runs scored to give Va. Wes a 4-1 lead. Nadia Tibbs (Lynchburg, Va./Brookville) led off the seventh inning with a triple but was left stranded as the WildCats struck out three straight times to end the game.

Abbi Pannill (Prince George, Va./Prince George) went six innings and gave up three earned runs on seven hits. She walked four and struck out two.

Nuckols was 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

Randolph returns home to host Guilford tomorrow afternoon. Game times are 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.