LYNCHBURG, Va. --- Sweet Briar Softball made its 2013 road debut in a crosstown matchup with Randolph College. The WildCats came into the game having split with Bridgewater College (Va.) in their last outing while the Vixen squad entered the contest looking to recover from dropping two against league leading Virginia Wesleyan College.
In the first contest, Randolph pieced together three multi-run innings to put the game out of reach for the Vixens. SBC's Megan Thompson (Newport News, Va./Warwick) doubled to center to lead off the fourth inning, but the subsequent batters were retired in order, thus snuffing the comeback chance.
The WildCats capitalized on an error to start a bottom of the fourth inning rally. Randolph plated two and then added three more in the bottom of the fifth to take the game one win by the score of 8-0.
SBC warmed up the bats in the second game of the twin bill. Tessa Crawford (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) led the way for the Vixen squad. The first-year connected for three hits in game two. The nightcap also featured Cynthia Schuh (Tigard, Ore./Tigard) continuing pitching duties. The first-year went the distance in the circle as she pitched both games for SBC.
Game two started with SBC's Thompson reaching first on a single and then advanced to second via a stolen base. Crawford connected for her first hit of the afternoon and reach first with a single. Hollie Halford (Greenville, Ala./Greenville) put in play a sacrifice bunt which advanced Thompson to third and moved Crawford to second.
The WildCats got the next two put-outs to work their way out of a one-out jam. Randolph then tacked a run on the board in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead. Alyssa Berkeley (Lynchburg, Va./Jefferson Forest) singled to left center in the second, but nothing would come of it as SBC left one on base. SBC held Randolph scoreless in the second.
In the third, SBC again put playersers on base but could not push a run across the plate. Randolph picked up another run in the third to gain a 2-0 advantage. The WildCats recorded three outs in a row to start the fourth. SBC recovered from a two-out error to keep the WildCats off the board and end the inning.
Crawford reached on her third hit of the afternoon, but the inning ended with a line out by Halford. The WildCats went on to pick up two runs, one in the fifth and one in the sixth to earn the game two win by the score of 4-0.
Sweet Briar next faces Bridgewater College on Saturday, March 30. The ODAC pair of games is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at Vixen Softball Field on the campus of Sweet Briar College.