Yellow Jackets Take Both From Shorewomen, 3-2 and 6-3

Yellow Jackets Take Both From Shorewomen, 3-2 and 6-3

DiPrimio With Two Hits In Game One; Hofstedt Totals Three Hits In Game Two

ASHLAND, Va. – Host Randolph-Macon swept a non-conference softball doubleheader from visiting Washington College on Tuesday afternoon at Randolph-Macon College Softball Field.  The Yellow Jackets took game one by a 3-2 score and captured the second game, 6-3. 

Randolph-Macon 3 Washington College 2 (Game 1)

How It Happened
-With one out in the bottom of the first inning, Randolph-Macon.  Sierra Ford scored from third on an RBI groundout to shortstop off the bat of Madison Gilman.
-Washington knotted the score at 1-1 when with nobody out Elaina DiPrimio doubled to left-center to score Gabrielle Edwards.
-The Yellow Jackets took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth at 2-1 when Gilman scored on a one-out wild pitch.  The hosts made it 3-1 in the last of the fifth when Sierra Ford doubled to left to drive in Candace Whittemore.
-The Shorewomen cut the lead to 3-2 on a one-out single to left field by Trish Langley that plated Maddie Bennett.  The Shorewomen had the bases loaded with one out, but Yellow Jackets' pitcher Nelda Bagley got Alison Pusey to hit into a 3-2-4 double play to end the rally.  WC got a runner on first in the top of the seventh, but Bagley got Bennett to fly out to right to end the game.

For The Shorewomen (1-4)
-Hitting: DiPrimio (2-for-3, RBI)
-Pitching: Taylor Harcum (loss 1-3, complete game, six hits, three earned, three walks, one strikeout and two wild pitches)
-Washington had five hits in the game and worked out four walks, but left eight on base. 
-The Shorewomen did not commit an error in the field.

For Randolph-Macon (7-4)
-Hitting: Ford and Gilman (1-for-2, RBI and run scored)
-Pitching: Bagley (win 3-2, complete game, five hits, two runs, zero earned, four walks and two strikeouts)
-The Yellow Jackets committed two errors in the field, leading to both WC runs.
-The hosts had six hits in the win and left six on base while working out three walks.

-DiPrimio was the only play to have multiple hits in the game.

Randolph-Macon 6 Washington College 3 (Game 2)

How It Happened
-The Yellow Jackets took control of the second game with five runs in the last of the first inning.  Skylar Toth worked out a bases loaded walk to plate Ford for the game's opening run with nobody out.  Brandi Mulvena and Gilman came home on a throwing error by Washington to make it 3-0.  With two outs, Casey Aberanthy singled to left-center to score Toth and Jen Balcom to cap the scoring in the frame.
-Washington got onto the board in the top half of the fifth when Hannah Spohn cracked her first home run of the season to centerfield with one out to trim the lead to 5-1.
-The Shorewomen chipped away at the hosts' lead with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 5-3.  With one away, Clare Hofstedt scored on a throwing error for the first run of the inning and DiPrimio scored on a Bennett single through the left side to reduce the lead to 5-3.  With two outs, Edwards represented the go ahead run at the plate, but she grounded out to Whittemore at pitcher to end the inning.
-Randolph-Macon took a 6-3 lead in the last of the sixth on a homer to center by Gilman leading off the inning. 

For The Shorewomen (1-5)
-Hitting: Hofstedt (3-for-4, run scored), Spohn (home run)
-Pitching: Alexis Layton (loss 0-2, nine hits, six runs, two earned, three walks and four strikeouts in five-plus innings)
-The Shorewomen had seven hits at the plate and committed two errors in the field, leading to four runs by the hosts.

For Randolph-Macon (8-4)
-Hitting: Ford (3-for-4, run), Toth (two hits), Abernathy (two RBI), Gilman (two runs)
-Pitching: Whittemore (win 4-2, seven hits, three runs, one earned, three walks and three strikeouts in going the entire way)
-The Yellow Jackets had nine hits at the dish and two errors in the field which led to a pair of unearned runs for WC.

-Washington left five on base, while Randolph-Macon left 10 on base.
-It was the first-ever games between the two schools on the softball diamond.

Up Next
3/13 v. Ramapo – 1:30 p.m. (at Kissimmee, Fla.)
3/13 v. Utica – 3:45 p.m. (at Kissimmee, Fla.)
-Rebel Spring Games
-First-ever meeting with Ramapo.
-Second meeting of all-time against Utica.  The two teams played in the opening round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament in Ithaca, N.Y. where the Shorewomen won 11-6 in nine innings.  Seniors Paige Briganti and Hofstedt played in the game.  Briganti was 3-for-6 with three RBI, while Hofstedt was 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.  The win was also the first NCAA Tournament victory for a Shorewomen squad.