ASHLAND, Va. – Junior Candace Whittemore (Montpelier, Va. / Patrick Henry) threw her second career no-hitter while striking out six batters to win her 13th game of the season, a 4-0 decision against the Bridgewater College Eagles on Tuesday afternoon at the R-MC Softball Field. Her first no-hitter came earlier this season against Norwich on March 18th in a 10-0 win over the Cadets. Whittemore also drove in the first run of the game, which would prove to be all the Yellow Jackets needed in the day's first game.
In the second game of the afternoon, freshman pitcher Kayley Scott (Henrico, Va. / Lee-Davis) secured the win and also did not allow a hit to the Eagles in her four innings of relief work as the team battled in another extra-inning affair, winning 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Earlier in the day, the Yellow Jackets were named the No. 6 team in the Fastpitch News Power Rankings. The team is ranked seventh in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III Top 25 Poll, of which a new poll is due out tomorrow. No. 7 Randolph-Macon (30-2, 9-1 ODAC) next faces Randolph (12-16, 5-6 ODAC) on Sunday at 1:00 PM in Lynchburg.
Randolph-Macon 4, Bridgewater 0
Whittemore was nothing short of stellar, striking out six batters and allowing only a single walk in the second no-hitter of both her career and season. She pitched the complete game and got three of the final six batters to strike out, including two batters looking.
Whittemore was also involved in scoring the first runs of the game. With two outs and two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the fourth, Whittemore singled through the right side, scoring sophomore Sami Davidson (Stafford, Va. / Brooke Point) and tallying the RBI. Then, as the ball was misplayed by the Bridgewater right fielder, Whittemore advanced to third, scoring sophomore Shelby Hill (Mechanicsville, Va. / St. Margaret's) on the error. Davidson had singled herself three batters earlier and Hill reached on a fielder's choice before stealing second.
The two scores remained all that was on the board until the bottom of the sixth inning. Junior Savannah Wood singled via a bunt and then stole second to lead off the inning. After Davidson was putout, senior Harley Jones stepped up to the plate and blasted the ball over the center field fence, tallying her eighth homer of the season and scoring herself and Wood for the two RBIs.
Whittemore then forced two lineouts and a strikeout to end the game.
Whittemore was 3-3 on the game at the plate, while freshman Lauren Richardson (Stafford, Va. / North Stafford) and Wood each went 1-2.
Randolph-Macon 2, Bridgewater 1 (8 Innings)
In what's become comfortable territory for the Yellow Jackets, the doubleheader with Bridgewater (13-15, 1-7 ODAC) marks the third time in the last five that one of the two games needed extra innings to decide. On each of the last two occasions, R-MC came out the victor, with this evening being no different.
With the score knotted at 1-1 in the eighth, junior Kerstin Roth (Yorktown, Va. / Grafton) took her place at second base as the International Tie Break runner. Whittemore, playing as the designated player in game two, bunted Roth over to third on a sacrifice. Wood then ended the game with a bunt single to the pitcher as Roth came in to score and end the game.
A half inning earlier, Bridgewater stranded its runner at third after Scott got a strikeout and a popout. BC began the inning with a sacrifice bunt for the first out of the inning.
The strikeout was one of four for Scott, who was credited with the win in her four innings of work. She did not allow a hit nor a walk. Freshman Madie Rhoads (Portsmouth, Va. / Nansemond River) got the start, striking out six and allowing just a single walk and six hits.
Three of the hits by the Eagles came in the third inning. With two outs and after a pair of singles and an error, Stephanie Carroll singled up the middle to score Lindsey Tally for the game's first run -- an unearned tally thanks to the earlier error.
R-MC answered in the bottom of the third. Junior Casey Abernethy (Prince George, Va. / Prince George) singled to left field and was able to advance to second base on the play. Abernethy advanced to third on an out by Roth. After another Yellow Jacket out, Wood singled to send Abernethy home, scoring the RBI and initiating the tie that forced extra innings four innings later.
Wood went 2-4, credited with both RBIs in the game. Davidson went 2-3 on the game, while Abernethy was 1-2.