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Softball Wins ODAC Tournament Opener

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SALEM, Va. – Senior pitcher Candace Whittemore (Montpelier, Va. / Patrick Henry) pitched a complete game, striking out seven and allowing just four hits while, senior Savannah Wood (Tappahannock, Va. / Essex) was 1-1, drawing a walk and driving in a run in the Yellow Jackets' first round win in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament against the Eagles of Bridgewater Friday afternoon. 

The Basics

Score: Randolph-Macon 2, Bridgewater 1

Location/Venue: Salem, Va./James I. Moyer Softball Complex

Records: Randolph-Macon (24-12), Bridgewater (23-16)

How It Happened

  • Senior Kerstin Roth (Yorktown, Va. / Grafton) led off the bottom of the third inning with a double down the left field line before junior Maddie Stone (Glen Allen, Va. / Glen Allen) laid down a sacrifice bunt to move her over to third base. Wood followed that up with a sacrifice fly to left center to give the Yellow Jackets the lead.
  • After Bridgewater tied things up in the top of the fourth, Stone drew a walk in the bottom of the fifth and Wood followed up with a walk of her own.  Senior Brittany LaPrade (Quinton, Va. / New Kent) grounded a ball to shortstop and Wood executed a great slide at second, which allowed Stone to round third and score to restore R-MC's lead.
  • Junior Taylor Sanderford (Mechanicsville, Va. / Atlee) led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a single through the left side.  Senior Casey Abernethy (Prince George, Va. / Prince George) came in to pinch run for her and, with a piece of baserunning genius, moved from first to third on a sac bunt by junior Shelby Hill (Mechanicsville, Va. / St. Margaret's)

By the Numbers

  • Wood was 1-1 with a double and a sac fly to score the Yellow Jackets' first run.
  • LaPrade drove in what proved to be the winning run.
  • Whittemore allowed only four hits spaced out across seven innings, including a stretch where she retired eight straight batters, while also striking out seven Eagles. The win marked her 15th of the season. 

Up Next

R-MC will play at 1:30 PM tomorrow, facing off against top-seeded Virginia Wesleyan.  The Yellow Jackets split with the Marlins earlier in the season.

Other Notes

Randolph-Macon maintained its number eight ranking in the NCAA Regional Rankings this past week.  The ranking follows a week where the Yellow Jackets split with Ferrum and swept Roanoke to end the regular season.