By ROB WITHAM
BASEBALL: After opening an early 5-1 lead, Randolph-Macon exploded for nine runs in the fourth inning of game one of their Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opening doubleheader at Emory and Henry, cruising to a 19-6 victory before pounding the Wasps’ pitching staff again in game two, taking a 22-5 win in seven innings.
The Yellow Jackets (2-0 ODAC, 8-2 overall), ranked 16th nationally in Division III, scored 13 runs in the second inning of game two after Emory and Henry had taken a 2-0 lead after an inning. The second inning was highlighted by a grand slam by first baseman Joseph Tuzzolo, a two-RBI double from catcher Reece Yeargain, and a two-run single from Jeff Butler.
On the day, Butler had five hits in nine at-bats, hitting two home runs in the opening victory, and a third in game two, a solo shot, in the sixth. Tuzzolo, who was named ODAC Baseball Player of The Week on Monday, added a two-run homer to his grand slam, also in the sixth.
In all, Randolph-Macon hit eight home runs during the doubleheader, as Yeargain, Cole Migliorini and Michael Nickles also went deep for the Yellow Jackets. Colin Selby worked five innings for the game one victory to improve to 3-1 on the season, while Daniel Lachance worked an inning of relief in the fourth to pick up his first win of 2018 in game two.
Randolph-Macon goes to Rocky Mount, North Carolina Thursday to face North Carolina Wesleyan at 3pm, then returns home to host Guilford in ODAC play on Saturday at 3pm and Sunday at 1pm.
SOFTBALL: 13th ranked Randolph-Macon went to Virginia Beach and scored forty runs in four games, cruising to victory in the Beach Blast Classic over New Rochelle and Keuka College on Friday, then Manhattanville and Oswego on Saturday.
In the Yellow Jackets’ 9-0 win over New Rochelle and 11-0 shutout of Keuka, both five-inning games, Savannah Wood went a combined five-for-five, scoring five times and driving in four runs. Her weekend work claimed for Wood the ODAC Player of The Week award announced Monday. Freshman Kayley Scott (Lee-Davis) fanned eleven in the game for her fourth victory of the season.
Junior Candace Whittemore (Patrick Henry) worked four innings in the Keuka win, registering eight strikeouts. First baseman Harley Jones homered for the Yellow Jackets. Whittemore returned for her fifth win of the season, as Taylor Sandeford (Atlee) powered Randolph-Macon to their 11-2 win over Manhattanville with two hits and three RBi, including a two-run single in the first inning.
In game two, Scott returned to earn her fifth win as Sami Davidson doubled in the first inning to drive in two runs, then scored in the third to help begin the Yellow Jacket offense. Maddie Stone walked, stole second and third, then plated on a sacrifice fly in the fourth, returning in the sixth to deliver an RBI double, later scoring on a passed ball.
Randolph-Macon hosts a pair of doubleheaders this weekend, as Gettysburg comes to Ashland Saturday, followed by Norwich on Sunday. Both doubleheaders begin at 12pm at Randolph-Macon.
BASKETBALL: The career of former Patrick Henry standout Summer Price came to an end at Campbell University in the Big South Women’s Basketball Championship with a loss at the hands of UNC-Asheville in the quarterfinal round 46-42
Price finishes her career at Campbell with 1,355 points. During her Patrick Henry career, the 2014 graduate scored 1,559 points. Price, the daughter of James and Paula Price of Beaverdam, will graduate this spring with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science.