ASHLAND, Va. – The 10th-ranked Randolph-Macon softball team completed their six game home stand with a double header against 13th-ranked Transylvania on Tuesday. A Rilee Baughan (Warsaw, Va./Rappahannock) walk off two-run homer in game one lifted RMC to a sweep over the Pioneers.
Scores: Randolph-Macon 3, Transylvania 1 Randolph-Macon 6, Transylvania 1
Location: Ashland, Va./Randolph-Macon College/RMC Softball Field
Records: Randolph-Macon (7-3, 0-0 ODAC), Transylvania (9-5, 0-0 HCAC)
How it Happened (Game 1):
- It was a pitching duel for the first five innings of the game, as Gracie Ellis (New Kent, Va./New Kent) was twirling a gem in the circle for the Lemon and Black. She had eight strikeouts through five innings of work without allowing a run.
- The Pioneers got on the board first, breaking the tie in the top of the sixth with a leadoff home run to jump out to a 1-0 lead with what seemed like the potential game-winner.
- RMC got a runner in scoring position after a Kayla Davis (Powhatan, Va./Powhatan) single, but the Yellow Jackets stranded the runner on second to head to the seventh, trailing 1-0.
- Transylvania went 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh thanks to another masterful inning by Gracie Ellis to keep the deficit at one. RMC came to bat in the bottom of the seventh and were down to the final out before Amanda Lanyon (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) doubled to get the rally started. Naomi Sadler (Emporia, Va./Brunswick) drove in Lanyon with a single in the next at-bat.
- Fresh off her ODAC Player of the Week nod, Rilee Baughan sent a pitch to left center for a walk-off two run blast to give RMC the 3-1 win.
By the Numbers (Game 1):
- Rilee Baughan's two run homer gives her two on the year, joining her three run shot from Saturday.
- Gracie Ellis once again pitched a phenomenal game. Throwing a complete game, with the only blemish being the home run, while striking out 10 and allowing just three hits. She also went 1-3 at the plate.
- Naomi Sadler was the lone Yellow Jacket with multiple hits, going 2-4 in the game with a stolen base and an RBI, which was the game-tying single in the seventh.
- Amanda Lanyon and Reagan Hill (Hanover, Va./Hanover) both had doubles in the game. Lanyon also had a stolen base.
How it Happened (Game 2):
- After Rilee Baughan pitched a three up, three down inning in the top of the first, the Yellow Jackets carried their momentum into game two. Baughan picked up another RBI, singling home Naomi Sadler to open the scoring, followed by Olivia Owens (Salisbury, Md./James M. Bennett) bringing her home on a single of her own.
- Transylvania added one run in the top of the second, without getting a hit, but RMC answered in the bottom of the fourth, boosting the lead with four more runs.
- In the fourth, RMC found more two-out magic, as Amanda Lanyon doubled, to score a pair of runs, followed by Naomi Sadler with an RBI single, and then followed by a Rilee Baughan RBI single. The Yellow Jackets held a 6-1 lead after four, and that's where the lead stayed for the remainder.
- The Pioneers had three hits in the seventh inning but came up empty as Rilee Baughan finished another complete game to win 6-1.
By the Numbers (Game 2):
- Rilee Baughan continued her hot start to the season, throwing a complete game with one unearned run allowed, bringing her season earned run average to 0.41. She gave up just five hits in the game. At the plate, Baughan went 2-3 with two runs batted in
- Naomi Sadler had another two hits in game two, leading RMC with four hits on the day altogether. She also picked up another stolen base, bringing her ODAC-leading total to 10 this season.
- Amanda Lanyon drove in two runs while going 1-3 with a double.
- Jordan Brown (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) got her first career hit, a double to left center, and eventually scored to help build the RMC lead.
Randolph-Macon will be back in action on Saturday at Shenandoah for the first ODAC matchup of the season beginning at 11:00 a.m.