VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Sophomore Candace Whittemore (Montpelier, Va./Patrick Henry) tossed a two-hitter with seven strikeouts as the R-MC softball team topped sixth-ranked Manhattanville 4-2 Friday evening at the Beach Blast at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex.
Whittemore (4-0) allowed one earned run and walked two.
After the Valients (1-1) scored once in the bottom of the first, the Yellow Jackets (8-0) answered in the top of the second. With one away, freshman Sami Davidson (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) singled and was out at second on a fielder's choice by junior Brandi Mulvena (Farnham, Va./Rappahannock). Freshman Kerstin Roth (Yorktown, Va./Grafton) had a base hit to left to move Mulvena to second. A single to center by sophomore Savannah Wood (Tappahannock, Va./Essex) drive in Mulvena with the tying run. Junior Harley Jones (Brodnax, Va./Brunswick) drew a walk and Roth stole home on Ball 4 to give R-MC a 2-1 lead.
Manhattanville plated an unearned run in the fourth to level the score at 2-2.
The Yellow Jackets put together their winning rally in the sixth. Mulvena had a one-out single and moved to second when Roth reached on an error. Wood singled to load the bases. Jones reached on a fielder's choice, bringing home Mulvena to give R-MC a 3-2 lead. Junior Skylar Toth (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) drew a bases-loaded walk to up the advantage to 4-2.
Whittemore would retire the final 10 batters of the contest. She had a pair of strikeouts in the sixth and one more in the seventh to secure the victory.
The Yellow Jackets matched their season high with 12 hits. Roth had two hits and two runs, while Wood and Toth both had two hits and one RBI. Davidson also had a pair of hits for the victors.
Randolph-Macon will play twice on Saturday on Day 2 of the Beach Blast. The Yellow Jackets will face Case Western Reserve at 2 p.m. and Buffalo State at 4 p.m.