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Owens' Six Hits Powers Sunday Sweep for Softball

Owens' Six Hits Powers Sunday Sweep for Softball

ASHLAND, Va. – The 10th-ranked Randolph-Macon softball team continued a home-heavy month of March with two non-conference matchups against Gettysburg on Sunday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets used big innings to comfortably win both games over the Bullets.

The Basics:

Scores: Randolph-Macon 8, Gettysburg 0                     Randolph-Macon 8, Gettysburg 2

Location: Ashland, Va./Randolph-Macon College/RMC Softball Field

Records: Randolph-Macon (14-4, 2-0 ODAC), Gettysburg (9-6-1, 0-0 Centennial)

How it Happened (Game 1):

  • Gracie Ellis (New Kent, Va./New Kent) pitched a scoreless top half of the first inning and RMC took the momentum and scored two in the bottom half. Olivia Owens (Salisbury, Md./James M. Bennett) opened the scoring with and RBI single after RMC opened the first inning with three straight singles. Ellis walked with the bases loaded to bring in another run to give RMC a 2-0 lead.
  • In the second inning, Owens continued to be locked in at the plate, clearing the loaded bases with a double in the right center gap to extend the Yellow Jackets lead to 5-0 after two innings.
  • RMC left two runners on in the third inning and Gracie Ellis stranded two Gettysburg runners on in the fifth to keep the Bullets scoreless.
  • The Yellow Jackets got two runners aboard in the bottom of the sixth inning and singles by Rilee Baughan (Warsaw, Va./Rappahannock) and Olivia Owens gave RMC the win with the run-rule, winning 8-0 after six innings.

By the Numbers (Game 1):

  • Olivia Owens extended her hit streak to 16 consecutive games by going 3-4 with five RBI in the win. She had two singles and a double to her credit while also making a diving play in the field.
  • Amanda Lanyon (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) was a tough out, going a perfect 4-4 at the plate with a stolen base.
  • Rilee Baughan continued her hot hitting by going 2-4 at the dish, driving in two runs and scoring another.
  • Gracie Ellis had another dominant start in the circle. Throwing a complete game shutout in six innings with just four hits allowed and six strikeouts.

How it Happened (Game 2):

  • The Bullets scored their first run of the day in the first inning of game two. RMC answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning to take control of the lead. The Yellow Jackets had four hits in the inning, all singles, with Olivia Owens beginning the scoring with an RBI single. She was followed by Kiley Lamberth (Mechanicsville, Va./Mechanicsville) and Reagan Hill (Hanover, Va./Hanover) with RBI singles each to give the Lemon and Black a 3-1 lead after one.
  • RMC left the bases loaded in the third inning and Gettysburg immediately answered with a run in the fourth to cut the lead to one.
  • The Jackets had a long inning in the fifth, batting around to plate five runs but on just three hits. Five RMC batters reached base by a walk or a hit by pitch. The five runs helped extend the lead to 8-2 which proved to be the final tally with RMC closing the game out to win.

By the Numbers (Game 2):

  • Olivia Owens capped her six-hit day by going 3-3 in game two with a walk. She drove in a run and scored two runs. She also stole two bases.
  • Six different players combined for eight hits for the Yellow Jackets, but RMC showed great discipline at the plate, drawing six walks as well.
  • Seven Yellow Jackets hitters drove in a run in the game, led by Rilee Baughan driving in two.
  • Rilee Baughan twirled a gem in the circle, tossing a complete game with just one earned run allowed and six strikeouts. Baughan moves to 7-1 on the season.

Up Next:

Randolph-Macon will be back in action on Tuesday for a 2:30 non-conference matchup against Stevenson in Ashland.