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Celiberti Homers, Rhoads Fans Eight as #21 Softball Splits With Pride

Ali Celiberti

ASHLAND, Va. – No. 21 Randolph-Macon softball defeated Greensboro College 11-0 in five innings before falling in the second game, which went to extra innings. Sophomore Ali Celiberti (Powhatan, Va. / Powhatan) hit a three-run homer in the third inning of the first game, while sophomore Madie Rhoads (Portsmouth, Va. / Nansemond River) recorded eight strikeouts in the nightcap.

The Basics

Score: #21 Randolph-Macon 11, Greensboro 0 (5 Innings); Greensboro 7, Randolph-Macon 4 (8 Innings)

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

Records: Randolph-Macon 10-3, Greensboro 12-8

How It Happened – Game One

  • Celiberti opened the scoring of game one as she sent a home run over the center field fence in the bottom of the third. The homer brought home seniors Candace Whittemore (Montpelier, Va./Patrick Henry) and Savannah Wood (Tappahannock, Va. / Essex), who had each singled in their at-bats.
  • The bats remained alive in the fourth inning. Junior Maddie Stone (Glen Allen, Va. / Glen Allen) singled to lead off the inning. She was advanced to second by sophomore Kaitlyn Deeter (Roanoke, Va. / Lord Botetourt), who singled to left field. Junior Sam Scifres (Midlothian, Va. / Clover Hill) laid down a sacrifice bunt, advancing the two runners. She was followed by junior Shelby Hill (Richmond, Va./St. Margaret's) who reached on a fielder's choice. With the bases loaded, senior Kerstin Roth (Yorktown, Va. / Grafton) grounded out, but earned the RBI, sending Stone home. A wild pitch allowed Hill to advance and Deeter to come home during the following at-bat, which was Whittemore's. The senior proceeded to bat Hill in for the R-MC run, the Yellow Jackets' sixth of the game.
  • Wood kept the hits coming with a single, advancing Whittemore to second. Celiberti and junior Sami Davidson (Stafford, Va. / Brooke Point) both reached on errors on the Greensboro shortstop, with the latter error scoring Whittemore. Stone then batted Wood and Celiberti in with a single to left center. A third GC error allowed Deeter to reach and loaded the bases again. Junior Brooklyne Carr (Windsor, Va. / Nansemond-Suffolk Academy) singled to left center and scored another two Yellow Jackets.
  • Whittemore struck out the first batter of the Greensboro fifth inning, then forced two groundouts which ended the game.

Inside The Numbers – Game One

  • Whittemore and Stone were each 3-3. Whittemore had two runs scored and an RBI, while Stone scored a run and tallied two RBIs.
  • Celiberti was 2-3 on the game with three RBIs coming from her home run, which was her first as a Yellow Jacket. Wood was also 2-3 with two runs scored.
  • Whittemore struck out five batters and did not allow a walk or a run.
  • Through the game, Randolph-Macon played 37 innings without allowing a run.

How It Happened – Game Two

  • Greensboro loaded the bases with a pair of walks and a single to open the game up in the top of the first. A sacrifice fly brought home the first GC runner and an R-MC fielding error allowed another two to come home. Greensboro left the first inning with a 3-0 lead.
  • Both teams played six innings without a run crossing the plate.
  • Randolph-Macon started a rally in the bottom of the seventh. Davidson led the inning off with a single. She was followed by Deeter, who was hit by a pitch. Junior Megan Smith (Lexington, Va. / Rockbridge County) then batted Davidson home on a single to right center, all with no outs. After an R-MC strikeout, sophomore Kamryn Steinruck (Glen Allen, Va. / Glen Allen) sent Deeter home with a single to center field, but kept two Yellow Jackets aboard. Roth then singled, which loaded the bases. Following the hit, Stone sent a sacrifice fly to right field, which scored senior Casey Abernethy (Prince George, Va. / Prince George), who pinch ran for Smith and tied the game at 3-3, forcing extra innings.
  • In the extra frame, Greensboro scored the international tie-break runner with a double. After another base hit, GC brought a second run home with a single to left field, leaving two runners aboard for the Pride. After a wild pitch put runners at second and third, R-MC forced the first out of the half inning, but yielded a fielding error, which scored GC's third run of the inning. The Pride was caught stealing during the next at-bat, but that left one runner on, who was bunted home in the same at-bat.
  • With Wood as the tie-break runner, Davidson sent a one-out sacrifice fly to center field to bring Wood home. After Deeter singled, a fly-out ended R-MC's comeback chances.

Inside The Numbers - Game Two

  • Roth was 3-4 on the game, while Davidson went 2-3 with an RBI and a run.
  • Rhoads struck out eight, but was tagged with the loss.

Up Next

Randolph-Macon will face #1 Virginia Wesleyan in its conference opener on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 PM.