BASEBALL: After taking an early lead in game one, Randolph-Macon saw Rowan score four runs in the seventh inning to hand the Yellow Jackets their first loss of the 2018 season by a 6-2 score Sunday afternoon at Hugh Stephens Field at Estes Park.
Rowan followed that performance in game two with a quick three-run first inning, keeping the lead throughout the game for a 9-2 victory. The Yellow Jackets, now 6-2, also lost a chance for a third game with Rowan, as the weekend schedule was amended due to wind damage at the baseball stadium from Friday’s storm. A single game, originally set for Sunday, was canceled, with Saturday’s doubleheader moved back to Sunday.
Cole Migliorini was the high point of Randolph-Macon’s offense Sunday, with three hits on the day including a second game solo home run in the sixth inning, which followed a second inning solo shot for first baseman Joseph Tuzzolo, his fourth roundtripper of the season.
The Yellow Jackets begin Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play Saturday with a scheduled doubleheader at Emory and Henry beginning at 12pm. The team’s next home game is Tuesday at 3:30 against Ferrum, who will officially join the ODAC in July.
SOFTBALL: Candace Whittemore (Patrick Henry) struck out a career-high fourteen batters Saturday as Randolph-Macon swept Frostburg State in doubleheader action in the Yellow Jackets’ 2018 home opener. Nine of Whittemore’s strikeouts came by striking out the side in the second, third, and fourth innings consecutively.
Taylor Sanderford (Atlee) had an RBI single to open the scoring, while Kaitlyn Deeter hit a home run as part of a three-run fourth inning as Randolph-Macon (7-1) won the first game 6-0. In game two, the Bobcats jumped out in front with two runs in the opening inning. Freshman Madie Rhoads took the circle in the second inning, pitching five innings of shut out ball, fanning seven for her first collegiate win.
Deeter and senior first baseman Harley Jones each had three RBI in game two, as the Yellow Jackets scored six runs in the third to take the lead for good, scoring three in the sixth to end the game by run rule.
The Yellow Jackets return to action at home Tuesday, starting a six-game homestand with a doubleheader against Emory University at 2pm.
LACROSSE: Hanover graduate Colin DiSesa and Kyle Keepers each scored two goals during the first half of a defensive battle which saw Randolph-Macon outlast Haverford College 5-3 Saturday in Baltimore, Maryland, the Yellow Jackets’ second win of the season.
DiSesa’s first goal came in the final minute of the first period, cutting an early Haverford 2-0 advantage in half. The second period belonged to the Yellow Jackets, as Keepers scored his first goal with 5:10 left, then DiSesa followed nearly 90 seconds later with a tally for a 3-2 lead. DiSesa assisted on the final goal of the half, scored by Keepers for a 4-2 halftime lead.
Randolph-Macon (2-3) won nine of thirteen face-offs, while Chris Cerrina was solid in goal behind the Yellow Jacket defense, registering ten saves. The Yellow Jackets begin ODAC play Saturday when they host Hampden-Sydney for a 1pm contest.