Baseball splits at EMU, clinches No. 6 seed in ODAC tourney

Will Harris leads off second base.

Harrisonburg, Va. -- The Lynchburg College baseball team split its last regular-season Old Dominion Athletic Conference weekend series Saturday afternoon to secure a spot in the upcoming conference tournament. The Hornets fell to host Eastern Mennonite, 9-7 in 10 innings, in the opener but rebounded in a big way for a 15-4 triumph in Game 2 that cemented Lynchburg's place in the postseason.

Lynchburg will take the sixth seed into the league tournament and will open ODAC tourney play next weekend with a three-game series at No. 3-seed Roanoke.

The Hornets launched four home runs in the nightcap victory, a season-high in a single game, adding to two homers in the opener.

 

THE RUNDOWN

Game 1 Final: Eastern Mennonite 9, Lynchburg 7 (10 inn.)

Game 2 Final: Lynchburg 15, Eastern Mennonite 4

Records: Lynchburg (15-22, 8-12 ODAC), Eastern Mennonite (15-24, 6-14 ODAC)

Venue: EMU Baseball Field, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Game 1

- Lynchburg took an early lead on a solo home run by senior right fielder Will Harris (Halifax, Va.) in the top of the first, but EMU responded to take a 5-1 lead after four innings.

- Lynchburg cut the lead to 5-4 in the fifth, and freshman shortstop Parker Shaffer (Richmond, Va.) knocked in the next two Hornet runs with RBIs in the sixth and eighth for an LC lead. Senior first baseman Matt Ward (Newton, N.C.) smashed a solo homer in the ninth to extend the lead to 7-5.

- EMU rallied in the bottom of the ninth for two runs, and the Royals ended it an inning later when Brett Lindsay sent a two-run homer over the left-field fence.

- Senior right-hander David Goulding (Lynchburg, Va.) took the loss for LC, allowing four runs over four innings in relief. Tyler Campbell was awarded the win for Eastern Mennonite.

Game 2

- Lynchburg scored early and often in the nightcap, kicked off by a three-run homer from Harris in the first inning before the hosts recorded an out. Senior catcher Matthew Cotton (Charlotte, N.C.) socked a leadoff homer for LC in the second, and the Hornets blew the game open later in the frame when Ward uncorked a grand slam to left-center. The Hornets batted around in the frame, Cotton scoring a second time on an RBI knock by sophomore third baseman Colin Corey (Springfield, Va.).

- Leading 10-2 in the sixth, senior center fielder Brad Hylton (Danville, Va.) knocked Lynchburg's fourth homer of the game and sixth of the day to add another run to the visitors' tally.

- LC added four more runs in the final three innings to keep the lead comfortable.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Lynchburg will end the regular season on Wednesday, May 2 with a home non-conference date with Marymount at 4 p.m. on James C. Fox Field.

The Game 2 victory cemented Lynchburg's berth in the ODAC tournament for the first time since the 2014 season. The No. 6 seed in the upcoming tournament, Lynchburg will head to Roanoke in the first year of the new tournament format for a best-of-three first-round series with the Maroons. Dates and times for the contests will be announced in the coming days. Check back on LynchburgSports.com or follow Lynchburg Sports on social media for the latest.

--LC--

Tue Nov 12
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Averett
Wed Nov 13
1:30 PM
No. 18 Lynchburg
at No. 14 Centre
NCAA Tournament - First Round
Wed Nov 13
7:30 PM
Lynchburg
at N.C. Wesleyan
Fri Nov 15
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Emory
Emory Holiday Inn Tip Off Classic (Game Played at Agnes Scott)
Sat Nov 16
at NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional Championships
Shelby Farms Park, Memphis, Tenn.
Sat Nov 16
3:00 PM
Colorado Col.
vs. Lynchburg
@ Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. Emory Holiday Inn Tip Off Classic
Sat Nov 16
6:00 PM
Pfeiffer
vs. Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 2
Sun Nov 17
3:00 PM
Methodist
vs. Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 4
Wed Nov 20
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Hollins
Fri Nov 22
5:30 PM
Mary Washington
vs. Lynchburg
@ Newport News, Va. CAC/ODAC Challenge - Game 1
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Fri Nov 08
Final
87 Lynchburg
78 vs. Albertus Magnus
@ Hood College, Frederick, Md. MMI Tip-Off Tournament
Sat Nov 09
Final
62 Lynchburg
75 at Hood
MMI Tip-Off Championship
Wed Nov 13
7:30 PM
Lynchburg
at N.C. Wesleyan
Sat Nov 16
6:00 PM
Pfeiffer
vs. Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 2
Sun Nov 17
3:00 PM
Methodist
vs. Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 4
Fri Nov 22
5:30 PM
Mary Washington
vs. Lynchburg
@ Newport News, Va. CAC/ODAC Challenge - Game 1
Sat Nov 23
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
CAC/ODAC Challenge - Game 4
Sun Dec 01
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Wed Dec 04
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Ferrum
Sat Dec 07
2:00 PM
East. Mennonite
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Dec 11
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Averett
Wed Jan 01
2:00 PM
William Peace
vs. Lynchburg
No Event
No Event
No Event
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Sun Nov 10
Final
60 Meredith
81 vs. Lynchburg
Tue Nov 12
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Averett
Fri Nov 15
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Emory
Emory Holiday Inn Tip Off Classic (Game Played at Agnes Scott)
Sat Nov 16
3:00 PM
Colorado Col.
vs. Lynchburg
@ Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. Emory Holiday Inn Tip Off Classic
Wed Nov 20
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Hollins
Mon Nov 25
7:00 PM
East. Mennonite
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Dec 04
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph
Sat Dec 07
4:30 PM
Emory & Henry
vs. Lynchburg
CODE RED Game
Fri Dec 20
4:00 PM
Hood
vs. Lynchburg
@ Daytona Beach, Fla. Daytona Beach Shootout
Sat Dec 21
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
vs. Marymount (Va.)
@ Daytona Beach, Fla. Daytona Beach Shootout
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No Event
No Event
No Event
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Wed Sep 25
Final - 2OT
0 No. 13 Washington and Lee
0 vs. Lynchburg
Non-conference match
Sat Sep 28
Final - 2OT
0 Lynchburg
0 at Roanoke
Wed Oct 02
Final - 2OT
2 Lynchburg
2 at Bridgewater (Va.)
Non-conference match
Wed Oct 09
Final
0 Randolph-Macon
4 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
Final - 2OT
3 Lynchburg
3 at Hampden-Sydney
Wed Oct 16
Final
0 Lynchburg
4 at No. 6 Washington and Lee
Sat Oct 19
Final
1 East. Mennonite
3 vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming
Wed Oct 23
Final
1 Shenandoah
4 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 26
Final
3 Lynchburg
1 at Va. Wesleyan
Tue Oct 29
Final - OT
0 Guilford
1 vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night
Sun Nov 03
Final
0 Randolph-Macon
2 vs. Lynchburg
Match 3 - ODAC Quarterfinal
Fri Nov 08
Final - PK Away
2 Lynchburg
2 at Hampden-Sydney
Match 6 - ODAC Semifinal
Sat Nov 09
Final
0 Lynchburg
1 vs. No. 11 Washington and Lee
@ Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden Sydney, Va. Match 8 - ODAC Championship
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No Event
Wed Sep 25
Final - 2OT
1 No. 23 Lynchburg
1 at No. 2 Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 28
Final
0 No. 23 Lynchburg
3 at Washington and Lee
Sat Oct 05
Final
0 Bridgewater (Va.)
4 vs. Lynchburg
Wed Oct 09
Final
1 Randolph
5 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
Final
5 Lynchburg
0 at East. Mennonite
Tue Oct 15
Final
3 Lynchburg
0 at Ferrum
Non-conference match
Wed Oct 16
Final
0 Sweet Briar
9 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 19
Final
2 Roanoke
1 vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming
Thu Oct 24
Final
3 Lynchburg
4 at No. 15 Randolph-Macon
Moved from Oct. 23
Sun Oct 27
Final
1 Lynchburg
2 at Shenandoah
Wed Oct 30
Final
2 Lynchburg
1 at Guilford
Sat Nov 02
Final - OT
2 Va. Wesleyan
1 vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night | CODE RED Match
Mon Nov 04
Final
0 East. Mennonite
4 vs. Lynchburg
Match 1 - ODAC First Round
Wed Nov 06
Final
1 Lynchburg
4 at No. 14 Randolph-Macon
Match 2 - ODAC Quarterfinals
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