Softball battles to Sunday split at Salem

Mackenzie Chitwood gets ready in the field. Text: Mackenzie Chitwood 2 HR, 4 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Winston-Salem, N.C. -- The Lynchburg College softball team clobbered six home runs in Sunday's opener but was shut out in the finale, playing to a weekend non-conference split at Salem.

The Hornets took the opener, 14-2 in five innings, and dropped the nightcap, 3-0.

Junior first baseman Mackenzie Chitwood (Ferrum, Va.) led the day offensively with a pair of home runs and four runs scored, while sophomore designated player Sarah Commons (Glen Allen, Va.) tallied a team-high four hits on the day.



Game 1 Final: Lynchburg 14, Salem 2 (5 inn.)

Game 2 Final: Salem 3, Lynchburg 0

Records: Lynchburg 14-4, Salem 14-12

Venue: Blixt Field, Salem College, Winston-Salem, N.C.



Game 1

  • Lynchburg scored in the first three innings of Sunday's competition, kicked off by a solo shot off Chitwood's bat. In the second inning, sophomore left fielder Carol Oberhelman (Washington Township, N.J.) hit a two-run home run, and Chitwood followed with another solo shot in the third.

  • After Salem responded with a run in the fourth, the Hornets put up 10 runs in the decisive fifth inning. Junior third baseman Taylor Mabry (Bassett, Va.), freshman right fielder Jordyne Vance (Lynchburg, Va.), and senior second baseman Leslie Bourgeois (Bealeton, Va.) each homered in the rally.

  • Senior hurler Conner English (Altavista, Va.) earned the win with four innings of three-hit ball, improving to 6-0 on the season.

Game 2

  • The Lynchburg bats went quiet in Game 2 as Commons collected all three of the Hornets' hits, as Salem's Kayla Ogle twirled the complete-game shutout. The Spirits took an early 1-0 lead after the first and added two more in the sixth for a cushion.

  • The Hornets got baserunners to third in the first and fifth innings but failed to push the run across.



The Hornets open up Old Dominion Athletic Conference play on Wednesday with a doubleheader across town at Randolph starting at 3 p.m.