Miscues and Missed Opportunites Knock Softball Out of ODAC Tourney
SALEM, Va. – Bridgewater College left the bases loaded twice in the first two innings, before allowing Randolph to jump out to a 3-0 lead in the third. The Eagles answered with three runs in the fourth, but the WildCats bats were too much as Bridgewater fell by a 6-3 score to end their run in the ODAC tournament.
After a scoreless first inning from the WildCats, Bridgewater loaded the bases in the home half of the frame with one out but left the bases loaded to keep the game scoreless.
Bridgewater's bats again came alive in the second after Jenkins mowed through the Randolph lineup in the top of the frame as the Eagles put runners on first and second with no outs. Senior Kristen Combs led the inning off with a line drive single to left, before Heather Jenkins reached on an infield bunt to put a runner in scoring position early in the stanza.
One batter later an infield single from the bat of Kasey Anderson loaded the bases for the second straight inning.
Randolph knocked on Bridgewater's door in the top of the third, putting runners at second and third before a Jenkins walk loaded the bases with two away.
Brittany Willingham drilled a single up the middle to push in two WildCat runs to put Randolph up by a 2-0 tally before a single from Gardner extended the lead to 3-0 for the WildCats after two-and-a-half.
Third baseman Lauren Childress drilled a one-out double to left field for the Eagles in the home half of the third, but Randolph pitcher Brittany Via closed the door, holding Bridgewater off of the scoreboard to maintain a 3-0 lead after three.
Both teams went down without a run in the fourth, while Jenkins cut through the WildCats lineup in the top of the fifth to keep the game at a 3-0 Randolph advantage.
Bridgewater finally took the goose egg off of the board in the fifth off of a double to deep center field from the bat of Emily Morris, bringing in Rees and Thomas to cut the Randolph lead to 3-2.
Randolph regained the lead on a double to the right field gap to take a 4-3 lead, before WildCats relief pitcher Logan Carter reached on an error at third base, pushing the runner home from third to extend Randolph's lead to 5-3.
The WildCats pushed their lead to 6-3 with a groundout to second base in the top of the seventh to put Bridgewater on its heels with three outs left in the season.
Bridgewater put two runners on in the bottom of the seventh with two outs, but couldn't plate a runner as the Eagles closed out the 2011 season with a 6-3 loss at the hands of Randolph.
Rees paced the Eagles lineup with a 2-for-3 outing with a RBI. Morris added a 1-for-3 performance with two RBI in her final time in the Crimson and Gold.
Jenkins picked up the loss for the Eagles, going five complete.
Randolph was led at the plate by a 2-for-4 game from Tianna Strauser. Willingham also chipped in a 1-for-3 game with three RBI.
Carter picked up the win for Randolph, tossing three innings of relief.
Bridgewater, 28-10 overall, is back in action on Wednesday when the team travels to Shenandoah.