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Softball Wins Pair Of Extra Inning Walkoffs; Jones Hits Grand Slam

Harley Jones during AB

ASHLAND, Va. -- #12 Randolph-Macon (13-1) walked off in extra innings twice in a pair of non-conference games against #23 Emory (6-4) Wednesday afternoon in chilly Ashland. Senior Harley Jones (Brodnax, Va. / Brunswick) hit her third home run of the season, a grand slam to end the day's second game.

Randolph-Macon 2, Emory 1 – 8 Innings

Game 1 of the afternoon was a pitcher's duel for the most part – pitting Emory's Aubrey Weller against R-MC's junior Candace Whittemore (Montpelier, Va. / Patrick Henry). Weller came in sporting a 1-0 record and a 0.48 ERA in two games, with the game against the Yellow Jackets being her second start. Whittemore checked in at 5-1 with a 0.78 ERA in six starts.

Whittemore struck out six while allowing a single run. She did not issue a walk. Weller also did not surrender a walk, though the Yellow Jackets found six hits off of her. She struck out three over the course of the afternoon.

Both teams did not cross the plate until the 4th inning. That's when freshman Kaitlyn Deeter (Roanoke, Va. / Lord Botetourt) sent a single into left field. Pinch runner junior Casey Abernethy (Prince George, Va. / Prince George) was able to score from third, putting the first run on the board for either team. Abernethy had stepped in to replace sophomore Sami Davidson (Stafford, Va. / Brooke Point), who had singled to center in the leadoff at-bat of the inning. Abernethy then stole second and reached third after a fielder's choice error during junior Brittany LaPrade's (Quinton, Va. / New Kent) at-bat.

Emory evened the score in the top of the 7th with a leadoff home run, while R-MC was not able to get the walk-off in the bottom half of the frame.

After Emory failed to score in the top of the 8th, sophomore Kerstin Roth (Yorktown, Va. / Grafton) led off the bottom of inning. With sophomore Maddie Stone (Glen Allen, Va. / Glen Allen) in international tie-break position at second, Roth laid down a sacrifice bunt which moved Stone to third. Stone continued to home and was called safe after being obstructed on the turn at third. The run secured the 2-1 victory for R-MC.

Roth and Davidson were both 2-3 in the game, while Deeter was credited with the only RBI of the afternoon.

Randolph-Macon 6, Emory 4 – 8 Innings

After a quiet Game 1, the offenses came alive for Game 2. An Emory double from Greta Wilker in the 1st inning lead to a score after an obstruction call at the plate. Wilker scored on a double by the next batter Jessy McLean.

R-MC wouldn't get on the board until the 3rd. That's when Stone singled up the middle and then stole second. Roth got into play after reaching first on a wild pitch strikeout, with Stone advancing to third. Roth stole second base moments later, starting a sequence that allowed Stone to get home and Roth arrive safely at third.

Reigning ODAC Player of the Week, junior Savannah Wood (Tappahannock, Va. / Essex) batted Roth home with a single to left field, evening the score at 2-2 heading into the 4th.

The score remained deadlocked and the two teams headed into another extra inning duel.

With Emory's Ashley Powers in place at second, the Eagles were able to advance Powers to third as Jenna Wilson sacrificed and Drew Bullock, putting runners on the corners. #3 hitter Cassie Baca sent a single to left center to score Powers and send Drew Bullock to third base. After a strikeout from the #4 batter, Bullock scored on a fielding error at third during #5 hitter, McLean's at bat. Baca was called for out number three at the plate to end the inning.

Down 4-2 in the bottom of the 8th, R-MC began the inning the same way the first extra frame of the day went – with Stone on second and Roth up to bat. This time Roth, singled to the shortstop to get herself on the base paths. After a flyout, Davidson singled to right field, loading the bases. Jones stepped into the box and sent a deep fly ball to clear the bases and end the game, marking her third home run of the season. It was Jones' first grand slam of her career, securing R-MC's 6-4 victory.

Freshman Kayley Scott (Henrico, Va. / Lee-Davis) started the game in the circle and struck out one In four innings of work. Fellow freshman Madie Rhoads (Portsmouth, Va. / Nansemond River) secured the win in her four innings of work, giving up just three hits and striking out six.

Roth went 1-4 with two runs scored while Stone was 1-3, also with a pair of runs scored.

Randolph-Macon next faces Gettysburg on Saturday at 12:00 noon at the R-MC Softball Field