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Sanderford Bats In Winning Run Against Guilford

Taylor Sanderford batting

ASHLAND, Va. – No. 4 Randolph-Macon won a pair of games against Guilford, with sophomore Taylor Sanderford (Mechanicsville, Va. / Atlee) sending the winning run home in the bottom of the eighth inning in the afternoon's first contest. The second game of the day was close as well, with R-MC winning on a passed ball to walk-off a second time on the afternoon. Randolph-Macon won its 35th game of the season, matching the program record, which was set last year.  

R-MC's two pitchers combined for 19 strikeouts while allowing just two earned runs and one walk. The Yellow Jacket offense exploded in the first game, going for 12 hits.

Randolph-Macon will face Randolph tomorrow at 2:00 PM. This is a change from the original makeup date, which was set for Tuesday.

Randolph-Macon 4, Guilford 3 (8 Innings)

Both teams' starting pitchers took control over the first four innings. For R-MC. junior Candace Whittemore (Montpelier, Va. / Patrick Henry) struck out six over the beginning of the game, before eventually finishing with 11 K's. She allowed a single walk and a pair of runs, but got her 15th win of the season in the complete game effort.

Randolph-Macon struck first in the bottom of the fifth inning. Freshman Lauren Richardson (Stafford, Va. / North Stafford) was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Junior Casey Abernethy (Prince George, Va. / Prince George) took to the base paths for Richadson and was sent to second on a bunt single by fellow junior Kerstin Roth (Yorktown, Va. / Grafton). The next batter, Whittemore, sent a single to right field to score the RBI and send Abernethy home.

Guilford answered in the top of the next inning. Savannah Yale singled to center and sent home Kayli Blakenship, who had doubled to lead off the inning.

With the game tied 1-1, the teams headed to the eighth inning, placing a runner on second to break the tie. The Yale/Blakenship combo was again successful for the Quakers. Yale homered to left field, scoring the International Tie-Break runner, Blakenship, and putting Guilford up 3-1 heading into the bottom of the inning.

Junior Savannah Wood (Tappahannock, Va. / Essex) took her place at second base with the Yellow Jackets needing to get her and two other runners home. Senior Harley Jones (Brodnax, Va. / Brunswick) took part of that call, sending Wood to third with a single. Then, sophomore Sami Davidson (Stafford, Va. / Brooke Point) scored Wood with a single through the left side. After a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Shelby Hill (Mechanicsville, Va. / St. Margaret's) and an out, Sanderford ended the game with base hit to left center, scoring Davidson and Jones and closing out R-MC's 4-3 win.

Whittemore went 3-3 with an RBI on the game while Roth went 3-4 and Sanderford went 2-3. Davidson also had a great game at the plate, going 2-4 with a run and an RBI.

Randolph-Macon 2, Guilford 1

Freshman Kayley Scott (Henrico, Va. / Lee-Davis) got her ninth win of the season in a 2-1 victory in the nightcap. She is now undefeated at 9-0 on the season and did not allow an earned run or a walk in the game while fanning eight.

Yale was again the big bat for Guilford, reaching base on an error in the second, then getting around to third on a sacrifice. She scored on a pass ball, tallying the game's first run.

R-MC answered two innings later. Wood doubled to left field. Jones batted her home with a single to deep right field and tying the game at 1-1.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh inning as Randolph-Macon had another chance to walk a game in the series off. Davidson singled through the left side to begin the inning. Junior Sarah Cimring (Chesapeake, Va. / Great Bridge) came in to run for Davidson and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Hill sacrificed herself to move Cimring to third base with Richardson up to bat.

Then, with a 1-0 count to Richardson, a passed ball allowed Cimring to score and ended the game

Wood went 2-3 with a run scored while Jones and Davidson were 1-3 on the day. Jones also tallied an RBI.