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Whittemore Strikes Out Nine; Named ODAC Pitcher of the Week

Candace Whittemore pitches

ASHLAND, Va. – Randolph-Macon senior Candace Whittemore (Montpelier, Va. / Patrick Henry) was busy striking out nine Rhode Island College batters Monday afternoon as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference was naming her Pitcher of the Week for her efforts through March 10. The week including six strikeouts each in a pair of contests over the weekend, one of which was a shutout against 12th-ranked team in the country, Rowan, last Friday.

Meantime, Whittemore and the Yellow Jackets shut out the Anchorwomen in a pair of games Monday afternoon at the R-MC Softball Field. Six Yellow Jackets hit RBIs in the first contest while sophomore Megan Smith (Lexington, Va. / Rockbridge County) batted in three in the nightcap.

The Basics

Game 1: Randolph-Macon 8, Rhode Island College 0 (6 Innings)
Game 2: Randolph-Macon 6, Rhode Island College 0

Location/Venue: Ashland, Va./R-MC Softball Field

Records: Randolph-Macon (9-2), Rhode Island College (1-3)

How It Happened

Game 1

  • R-MC scored in the bottom of the first inning. Senior Kerstin Roth (Yorktown, Va. / Grafton) earned a walk and stole two bases, but was retired on a fielder's choice. However, that left fellow senior Savannah Wood (Tappahannock, Va. / Essex) open to steal second before being batted home by sophomore Ali Celiberti (Powhatan, Va. / Powhatan).
  • The Yellow Jackets kept the pressure on in the second inning. Junior Maddie Stone (Glen Allen, Va. / Glen Allen) doubled down the left field line to open then inning, then moved to third on a wild pitch. That set Stone up to head home when junior Sam Scifres (Midlothian, Va. / Clover Hill) singled, putting R-MC up 2-0.
  • The offense continued to get baserunners aboard in the bottom of the second. Sophomore Kaitlyn Deeter (Roanoke, Va. / Lord Botetourt) singled up the middle, moving Scifres to second. Junior Taylor Sanderford (Mechanicsville, Va. / Atlee) singled to the shortstop, loading the bases. After Scifres was called out on a fielder's choice, Whittemore came up, still with the bases loaded. She grounded out, but tallied the RBI as Deeter came home and R-MC took the 3-0 lead. Whittemore followed her offensive effort up with a 1-2-3 inning in the circle in top of the third.
  • The bottom of the third offered another scoring chance for R-MC. Junior Sami Davidson (Stafford, Va. / Brooke Point) doubled to center field and moved up to third on a groundout by Scifres. Deeter reached on an error, with Davidson coming home. 
  • Roth, whose on base percentage was more than .600 last week, led off the bottom of the fourth with another chance on the basepaths. She was hit by a pitch and then stole second. Whittemore singled to the shortstop, moving Roth to third. Whittemore stole second during Wood's at-bat, setting up Wood to single and earn the RBI as Roth scored. Wood then stole second base, putting R-MC runners at second and third. Stone singled to left field, earning her the pair of RBIs as Whittemore and Wood scored.
  • R-MC ended the game in the bottom of the sixth inning as Wood led off with a single to right field and stole second during Celiberti's at-bat. Davidson singled to second, advancing Wood to third. Junior Sarah Cimring (Chesapeake, Va. / Great Bridge) grounded out, but earned the RBI as Wood came home and closed the game with an 8-0 Yellow Jacket win.

Game 2

  • Roth continued her strong record of getting on base in the game two. She led off the bottom of the first inning with a bunt single and advanced to second as Stone hit a sacrifice bunt. Wood then doubled to left field scoring Roth. The next batter, Celiberti, walked and was followed by Scifres, who loaded the bases, as the beneficiary of an error by the RIC's third baseman. Davidson then reached base safely on a fielder's choice, while an error on a throw by the second baseman allowed Wood to come home safely. Two batters later, Smith sent a hit to left center, allowing two runs to come home. R-MC left the inning with a 4-0 advantage.
  • R-MC's next scoring opportunity also involved Smith. Celiberti doubled down the left field line to begin the R-MC half of the third inning. She advanced to second as Scifres grounded out. Davidson got aboard on a fielder's choice and then stole second. After Deeter was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Smith sent a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Celiberti.
  • R-MC scored again in the bottom of the fourth inning after Roth led the inning off with a single to left field. She stole second and Stone bunted a single back to the pitcher, moving Roth to third. In an attempt to throw out Stone at first base however, the pitcher committed an error, allowing Roth to score.
  • Freshman Kellie Ferguson (Capron, Va. / Southampton Academy) closed the game out with two innings of work, grabbing a strikeout as R-MC won 6-0.

Inside the Numbers

Game 1

  • Whittemore pitched five innings, striking out nine and allowing just a lone walk. She earned the win, her fifth of the year. Celiberti pitched an inning and struck out one as well.
  • Wood, Davidson and Stone each went 2-3. Stone had two RBIs with Wood adding one.
  • Whittemore, Celiberti, Cimring and Scifres each had one RBI as well.
  • Roth and Wood each had two stolen bases.

Game 2

  • Rhoads earned the win, pitching five innings, striking out nine and allowing just a single hit.
  • Roth went 2-3 with a pair of runs scored.
  • Celiberti also scored a pair of runs on the game.
  • Smith totaled three RBIs in the game, with Wood adding one.

Whittemore Named Pitcher of the Week in ODAC

At the same time she was pitching, Whittemore was honored as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's Pitcher of the Week. She earned wins number three and four of the season over the weekend, pitching two complete game shutouts. Against #12 Rowan on Friday, she struck out six and allowed just one walk. She repeated the feat against Wilkes a day later. R-MC blanked both opponents, winning against #12 Rowan 1-0 and defeating Wilkes 5-0 in the first of two shutout wins against the Colonels Saturday. R-MC won the other game 10-0 in five innings. 

While the review period for the Pitcher of the Week honor did not include today's game, Whittemore has not allowed a run to cross the plate in her last three outings.

This is Whittemore's sixth Pitcher of the Week honor. She earned two honors as a freshman, one as a sophomore and two last season as a junior.

Up Next

Randolph-Macon will face Greensboro College in a 1:00 PM doubleheader on Sunday, March 17.