ASHLAND, Va. – Randolph-Macon Softball defeated a team ranked first in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Top 25 Poll for the second time this season. Two weeks after defeating then-No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan on March 20, the Yellow Jackets shut out a new top team -- Christopher Newport. R-MC took a 6-0 victory in the first game of the afternoon, while the Captains left with the split after a 8-4 win in the nightcap.
Scores: Randolph-Macon 6, #1 Christopher Newport 0; #1 Christopher Newport 8, Randolph-Macon 4
Location/Venue: Ashland, Va./R-MC Softball Field
Records: Randolph-Macon (15-10), Christopher Newport (18-3)
How It Happened
- Randolph-Macon's offense came through early. To lead off the bottom of the first, senior Kerstin Roth (Yorktown, Va. / Grafton) earned a walk and was bunted to second by junior Maddie Stone (Glen Allen, Va. / Glen Allen). Roth then moved to third as senior Savannah Wood (Tappahannock, Va. / Essex) forced a CNU error. Wood stole second and the Yellow Jackets began working with two outs in the inning. Junior Shelby Hill (Mechanicsville, Va. / St. Margaret's) singled to score Roth and Wood. Senior Candace Whittemore (Montpelier, Va. / Patrick Henry) doubled and advanced to third on an error, while Hill scored. Whittemore came home during the next at-bat on a passed ball, which allowed R-MC to take a 4-0 lead early in the game
- R-MC added another two runs in the third inning. Stone led the inning off with a single and advanced to third when Wood was safe on an error. Wood stole second, putting a pair of Yellow Jackets in scoring position. After the first R-MC out of the inning, Hill grounded out to second, but earned the RBI for scoring Stone. Whittemore brought Wood in next with a single to left.
- Working inside the circle, Whittemore then retired the next 12 batters in a row to win the game 6-0.
Inside The Numbers – Game One
- Whittemore tallied seven strikeouts and allowed just one walk and two hits in the complete-game shutout. Whittemore retired the side without allowing a baserunner in six of the seven innings. She improves her record to 9-5.
- Stone was 2-2 with a run scored, while Whittemore was 2-3 with a pair of RBIs.
How It Happened – Game Two
- A home run gave CNU the early 3-0 lead, but R-MC answered over the next two innings.
- In the bottom of the first, Stone earned a base after being hit by a pitch and Wood hit a single to right field. Stone stole third and Hill doubled down the right field line to score Stone, giving R-MC momentum heading into the second inning.
- Sophomore Madie Rhoads (Portsmouth, Va. / Nansemond River) struck out two CNU batters in the top of the second and forced another to hit into a pop-out to end the inning.
- Meantime, R-MC's offense worked to get the lead in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, sophomore Kaitlyn Deeter (Roanoke, Va. / Lord Botetourt) singled. She advanced to second as Roth also singled. The bases became loaded when Stone was hit by another pitch and Wood took advantage, sending Roth and Deeter home on her single of the middle. Hill brought another run in as she grounded out, but scored Stone. R-MC took the 4-3 lead into the third inning.
- CNU tied the game in the top of the third inning. The Captains would add one in each the fourth and the sixth inning and finished the game with two in the top of the seventh to win 8-4.
Inside The Numbers – Game Two
- Rhoads struck out five over seven innings of work, but was hit with the loss. She is now 6-5 this season.
- Roth and Wood were each 2-4 on the game. Roth scored once and Wood had a pair of RBIs. Hill also finished with two RBIs.
Randolph-Macon heads to Shenandoah for a 1:00 PM doubleheader on Saturday.