On Tuesday, the Roanoke Women’s softball team was featured in doubleheader action against Greensboro College. Still without an ODAC game played, the Maroons looked to improve their 3-7 non-conference record against a strong 9-5 Greensboro team.
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Maroons faced Greensboro’s 4-1 pitcher, but the Maroons got to her early. Rachel Guilliams slapped a single into centerfield in the second inning, allowing Samantha Baldwin to score. Baldwin later hit a dinger in the fourth to give the Maroons a 2-0 lead. This kick started the Maroon bats for what would become a big 5th inning. It began with a Jordan Meador single to center field which knocked in Taylor Carter, and was followed by two singles from Katie Smith and Kelly Higbie that allowed Meador to cross home plate. The inning was capped off by a Rhea Schleicher single that sent Smith home to give the Maroons a 5-0 lead after five innings.
Greensboro went on to score an inconsequential, and unearned, run in the seventh inning and the Maroons came out on top to secure a 5-1 victory. Kelly Higbie was absolutely dominant on the mound for the Maroons, pitching a complete game with only one unearned run on nine hits. She also added three strikeouts to her impressive 0.00 ERA outing.
The Maroons were led at the plate by Smith, who tallied two hits in the game, while seven other Maroons tallied a hit in the contest. Five different Maroons also accumulated the teams five RBI’s as well.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Maroons exploded in the first inning, forcing the opposing pitcher out of the game after just 0.2 innings pitched. After reaching first on a walk, Taylor Carter worked her way around the bases and, with a great heads up play, managed to steal home to give the Maroons a 1-0 lead. Becca Wenger then knocked in Katie Smith with a shot to right-centerfield and Sarah Groft and Jordan Meador followed up with a single and a double, respectively, to score Wenger and Ruthie Williams. When the smoke cleared, the Maroons held a 4-0 lead after just one inning. Unfortunately, it was not to last.
In the second inning, Greensboro managed four runs on a “homerun” in which Roanoke committed two errors. However, the Maroons managed to stay collected and silenced Greensboro for the rest of the inning. Both teams managed to keep each other in check for the remainder of the game, or at least until the sixth inning when Taylor Carter hit a solo shot over the right field fence to give the Maroons a 5-4 lead. Then, with ice in her veins, Ruthie Williams took the mound in the seventh and shut down Greensboro, ensuring a 5-4 Roanoke victory.
The Maroons were led at the plate by Carter, who along with her homerun, managed to steal two bases, and by Meador and Smith who both notched doubles in the contest. Williams was also awarded the win thanks to her impressive outing which included two strikeouts and only two earned runs on seven hits in a complete game effort.
With the two wins, the Maroons move to 5-7 on the year while Greensboro drops to 9-7. Roanoke next hosts Eastern Mennonite University at 1:00 p.m. on this Saturday. Be sure to come out and support the Maroons as they look to secure their first ODAC win.