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Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 10:48 am

Baseball: Randolph-Macon exploded for 22 runs Saturday to sweep Emory and Henry in the Yellow Jackets’ Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opening doubleheader, winning by scores of 13-2 and 9-2 to improve to 2-0 in conference play, 11-4 overall.

In game one, the Yellow Jackets scored seven runs in the first three innings, more than enough cushion for junior starter Cody Thompson (Atlee), who allowed just a run and four hits over five innings for his third victory of the year. After two runs in the first, Ryan Hickman singled to start the second, later scoring on an RBI groundout by Ryan Duphorn.

After Jeff Butler walked and Rick Spiers singled to load the bases, Cole Migliorini launched a single to right, plating both Butler and Zach Evans, who reached earlier in the inning on an error, for a 5-0 lead.

Game two belonged to third baseman Stuart Brown, who tripled to right center in the third to score Migliorini and Spiers, then led off the fifth with a double down the right field line, later scoring on an infield single from Devin Strickler. Both Emory and Henry runs came in the first off starter Michael Zubovich, who settled down to pitch five scoreless innings to finish with six innings of work and his second win of the year. Spiers worked the final three innings for his second save.

The Yellow Jackets’ scheduled Tuesday game at Catholic was postponed due to the East Coast storm.

Randolph-Macon begins a seven-game road swing with a pair of contests at Guilford Saturday and Sunday in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Softball: After winning their first 11 games of the season and cracking the Division III Top 25 for the first time this season, Randolph-Macon finally suffered their first defeat Saturday in the second game of a doubleheader at home with Gettysburg, falling to the Bullets 9-6 to go to 11-1 on the season.

Sophomore pitcher Candace Whittemore (Patrick Henry) held Gettysburg to just two hits while striking out ten in the first game to win her sixth game of the season. Freshman Sam Scifres continued her strong start to the year with an RBI single scoring Savannah Wood in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Wood would single in the second to drive in Jen Balcom for a 2-0 lead.

Casey Abernethy scored in the sixth for an insurance run to give the Yellow Jackets a 3-0 win in game one. Gettysburg struck quickly in game two, scoring three runs in the first inning off freshman starter Cameron Thompson (5-1). The Yellow Jackets got a run back in the home half of the first as Maddie Stone (Glen Allen) singled, stole second, then came home on an error by the Gettysburg catcher to make the score 3-1.

The Yellow Jackets defense struggled in the fourth, when the Bullets scored four times, as two runners reached base thanks to Randolph-Macon errors and one run scored on a passed ball. Then Meredith Taylor blasted a three-run homer to left center to make it a 7-1 lead for the Bullets.

Randolph-Macon scored three runs in the fourth, answered by a Gettysburg run in the fifth off reliever Maddie Holcomb. The Yellow Jackets grabbed two runs in their next at-bat thanks to an RBI single from Diane McDaniel, who later scored on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 8-6. But Gettysburg added an insurance run in the seventh, while the Yellow Jackets left two runners on base in the sixth and one in the seventh.

Next up for Randolph-Macon is a Top 25 showdown with in-state rival Christopher Newport, when the Captains come to Ashland for a doubleheader Thursday at 2:30 p.m. It will mark the return to Hanover for former Atlee pitcher Laura Kate Moss, now a freshman for the Captains, who has made two appearances so far this season.