LYNCHBURG, VA – Randolph College moved its record to a perfect 10-0 at home this season with a pair of non-conference wins over the Fighting Squirrels of Mary Baldwin College in softball action from Randolph College Saturday. Randolph won both games 8-0.
The WildCats (10-4) held Mary Baldwin (3-3) to only five hits on the day, posting two shutout victories to bring the total number of shutout wins this season to five. Randolph starters Kristen Hutchinson (Rockville, MD/Richard Montgomery) and Jess Sanabria (Burgaw, NC/Pender) each three well, before sophomore Logan Carter (Richmond, VA/Midlothian) finished each contest.
In the opener, Randolph jumped out to a two-run lead in the bottom of the first on a two-run homer from Gina Pagano (Hopewell, NJ/Hopewell Valley), her third blast of the season. The WildCats added a run in the third, and then posted two in the fifth to make the score 5-0. Randolph ended the contest in the sixth frame with a three-spot.
Junior Brittany Willingham (Glen Burnie, MD/Glen Burnie) stayed scorching hot, going three-for-four with three runs in the opener, driving in a run. Sophomore Brittney Via (Charlottesville, VA/Monticello) scored twice, and Ashley Gardner (Ashburn, VA/Stone Bridge) drove in two in the opener. Hutchinson went five innings, allowing only three hits while striking out four Squirrel batters.
In the second contest, the WildCats notched four runs in the bottom of the second inning, two coming on Sanabria’s first collegiate homer. Randolph pushed the lead to 7-0 in the third frame, and added another run in the fourth inning on a RBI single from Patti Vinson (Williamsburg, VA/Lafayette). That was plenty for Sanabria, as she went four innings, allowing two hits and striking out five. Carter worked the fifth inning, and struck out the side to clinch the win for the ‘Cats.
Willingham added two more hits and three RBI in game two, while Sanabria had two hits, two runs and two RBI. Junior catcher Amanda Thacker (Madison Heights, VA/Holy Cross) posted her first multi-hit game of the season, going two-for-two with a pair of runs scored, and Haleigh Wilson (Stuart, VA/Patrick Co.) scored once, drove in a run and walked twice.
Randolph will now set its attention on Thursday afternoon’s non-conference battle against Ferrum College at 3 p.m. on the Randolph College Softball Field.