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UMW Softball Drops Opener, Ties #12 Randolph-Macon in Thursday Twinbill

UMW Softball Drops Opener, Ties #12 Randolph-Macon in Thursday Twinbill

The University of Mary Washington softball team dropped the opening game of its Thursday doubleheader with 12th ranked Randolph-Macon College, and battled to a 5-5 tie in the second game in Ashland, Va. The Eagles move to 3-2-1 on the season.

The Eagles dropped game one, 5-1. The Yellow Jackets scored once in the first, but the Eagles knotted the score in the third, as Rachel Porchie provided an RBI on a sacrifice bunt, scoring Rachel Remer.

Randolph-Macon scored once in the fifth and three times in the sixth to take the win. Hannah Bruns and Caroline Bird paced the Eagle offense with a double each. Megan Hibbs took the loss to fall to 2-1 on the season. She allowed four earned runs on ten hits in six innings, walking one and striking out one.

The Eagles jumped ahead in game two, scoring twice in the first. With one out, Bruns walked before Danielle Newman and Bird each singled to load the bases, and with two outs, Grace Drury singled home Bruns. Logan Gibson then reached on an error to plate another run.

Randolph-Macon answered with a run in the first, but the Eagles got that run back with a solo home run by Maggie Mrowka in the third. In the fourth, Logan Gibson plated two runs by reaching on an error.

UMW would hold the 5-1 lead to the seventh, when Randolph-Macon rallied for four runs to tie the score. Neither team would push across a deciding run in two extra innings.

Mrowka's home run was the lone extra base hit for UMW. Freshman pitcher Hadlea Valera scattered 14 hits in nine innings, alloing five earned runs to go with three walks and three strikeouts.

The Eagles will host Gettysburg College on Saturday at noon for a doubleheader.