RAEFORD — After scoring 20 runs the night before, Richmond coach Wendy Wallace wished her team would have saved some of that offense for its Southeastern Conference opener.
Richmond managed 10 hits against Hoke and it was just enough to pull out a 3-1 victory Friday night.
“The first time through the lineup I knew it was going to an adjustment,” Wallace said. “We are too experienced of a lineup by the time they have been at-bat two or three times to not make an adjustment.”
Doodle Jacobs was of the players who was able to find her stroke against Hoke’s Bethany Locklear. Jacobs was 4 for 4 with a double and a triple.
Jacobs started the go-ahead rally in the top of the fifth with a triple to left.
“I was thinking they were playing in and to hit it over their head,” she said. “Once I got on, I believed the team would hit me in.”
Ashton Davenport drove Jacobs home on a bunt single down the first-base line. Summer Jacobs walked and Jessica Steen singled to center to load the bases. Katie Satterfield hit into a fielder’s choice to score Davenport to put Richmond in front for good 2-1.
“Doodle did a good job hitting and Ashton bunted well,” Wallace said. “The top part of the lineup made the adjustments and the bottom didn’t. The top part produced. We have to be tougher mentally.”
Richmond (9-0) tacked on an insurance run in the seventh as Jacobs was right in the middle of it. She singled to open the inning and moved to second on Davenport’s bunt. After a fielder’s choice forced Davenport at second. Jessica Steen grounded out to first, scoring Jacobs with the final run.
Summer Jacobs picked up the complete-game victory, allowing six runs, walking two and striking out seven. After surrendering a run in the first, she didn’t allow a baserunner to reach third the rest of the game.
Richmond will return to action 7 p.m. Monday at home against Purnell Swett. The game was scheduled for Tuesday, but was moved up because of the threat of rain.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.