Pitching wins the day as softball sweeps Bridgewater

Conner English pitching

Lynchburg, Va. -- The Lynchburg College softball team ended the regular season on a solid note as they defeated Old Dominion Athletic Conference opponent Bridgewater by scores of 3-0 and 1-0, the latter in eight innings.

On the second day of their four-game weekend homestand, the Hornets received tremendous starting pitching in both games. Senior right-hander Conner English (Altavista, Va.) threw a three-hit, complete-game shutout in Game 1 as she recorded her ninth win of the season. It was English's first shutout of the year.

Game 2 featured freshman right-hander Kayley Cox (Yorktown, Va.), who went eight innings in her second shutout effort of 2018. Cox allowed just two hits while striking out five Eagles batters in her fifth victory of the season.

Junior third baseman Taylor Mabry (Bassett, Va.) drove in the game-winning run in the nightcap with a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the eighth.

With the doubleheader sweep of the Eagles to conclude the regular season, the Hornets wrap up the No. 3 seed in the upcoming ODAC tournament. LC finished with an overall record of 28-10 and 12-6 in the league. Lynchburg finished the season ranked first in batting average (.352), second in home runs (31), and second in runs scored (237). The Hornets defense played solid during the entire regular season as Lynchburg College ranked third in the league in fielding percentage (.963).

 

THE RUNDOWN

Game 1: Lynchburg 3, Bridgewater 0

Game 2: Lynchburg 1, Bridgewater 0 (8 inn.)

Records: Lynchburg (28-10, 12-6 ODAC), Bridgewater (15-23, 3-15 ODAC)

Venue: Moon Field, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg Va.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Game 1

  • A first-inning RBI double off the bat of junior first baseman Mackenzie Chitwood (Ferrum, Va.) scored senior center fielder Skylar Dickens (Virginia Beach Va.) in order to give the Hornets a 1-0 lead.

  • Two batters later, senior second baseman Leslie Bourgeois (Bealeton, Va.) grounded into a double play that enabled Chitwood to score from third base for a 2-0 Hornets lead after one inning.

  • The Hornets tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth, when sophomore designated player Sarah Commons (Glen Allen, Va.) reached on a fielder's choice to score Chitwood from third.

Game 2

  • The Hornets played in their fourth extra-inning game of the season as both Lynchburg and Bridgewater failed to score a run throughout the first seven innings of action. Dominant pitching by Cox and BC's Keirsten Kennedy won the day.

  • With the game scoreless in the bottom of the eighth, Mabry stepped up with the bases loaded and one out, and she proceeded to line the walk-off single to center to bring home senior pinch runner MacKenzie Mount (Forest, Va.) and set off the celebration.

  • Cox held the Eagles hitless for the first two innings and went on to hold Bridgewater hitters to a 2-for-26 performance on the day. Both hits for Bridgewater came from third baseman Stephanie Carroll.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Lynchburg will learn who it will face in the first round of the conference tournament when the league announces the bracket later this week. The tournament begins Friday, April 27 at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va.

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Tue Sep 17
at Tom Kinder Memorial, Lakeview GC, Harrisonburg, Va. -- Day 2
Wed Sep 18
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Averett
Wed Sep 18
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Fri Sep 20
at ITA Southeast Regional Championship, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va. -- Day 1
Sat Sep 21
at ITA Southeast Regional Championship, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va. -- Day 2
Sat Sep 21
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Catholic
Sat Sep 21
2:00 PM
Southern Virginia
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Sep 21
2:00 PM
Mary Washington
vs. Lynchburg
Parents Weekend
Sat Sep 21
4:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
vs. Lynchburg
Sun Sep 22
at ITA Southeast Regional Championship, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va. -- Day 3
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Wed Aug 21
7:30 PM
Randolph
vs. Lynchburg
Scrimmage
Fri Aug 30
Final
4 Roanoke
1 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Non-conference match
Sat Sep 07
Final
0 Maryville (Tenn.)
1 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Sun Sep 08
Final
0 Regent
10 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Wed Sep 11
Final
2 No. 16 Mary Washington
0 vs. Lynchburg
Fri Sep 13
Final
1 No. 13 Oglethorpe
2 vs. Lynchburg
Wed Sep 18
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 21
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Catholic
Wed Sep 25
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee
vs. Lynchburg
Non-conference match
Sat Sep 28
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Roanoke
Wed Oct 02
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Non-conference match
Wed Oct 09
7:00 PM
Randolph-Macon
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Hampden-Sydney
Wed Oct 16
3:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Sat Oct 19
7:30 PM
East. Mennonite
vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming
Wed Oct 23
7:00 PM
Shenandoah
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 26
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Va. Wesleyan
Tue Oct 29
7:00 PM
Guilford
vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night
Fri Nov 01
TBA
TBA
vs. Lynchburg
ODAC Tournament -- First Round
Sun Nov 03
TBA
TBA
vs. Lynchburg
ODAC Tournament -- Quarterfinal
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Sat Aug 31
Final
2 No. 10 Johns Hopkins
0 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke Invitational Soccer Showcase
Sun Sep 01
Final
2 Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.)
7 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke Invitational Soccer Showcase
Sat Sep 07
Final
1 Maryville (Tenn.)
2 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 1
Sun Sep 08
Final
0 Kalamazoo
3 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 3
Sat Sep 14
Final - 2OT
2 No. 19 Lynchburg
3 at Emory
Sun Sep 15
Final
1 No. 19 Lynchburg
0 at Piedmont
Wed Sep 25
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 28
12:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Sat Oct 05
1:00 PM
Bridgewater (Va.)
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Oct 09
4:00 PM
Randolph
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at East. Mennonite
Tue Oct 15
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Ferrum
Wed Oct 16
4:00 PM
Sweet Briar
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 19
5:00 PM
Roanoke
vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming
Wed Oct 23
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph-Macon
Sun Oct 27
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Shenandoah
Wed Oct 30
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Guilford
Sat Nov 02
1:00 PM
Va. Wesleyan
vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night | CODE RED Match
Wed Nov 06
TBA
TBD
vs. Lynchburg
@ High Seed ODAC Tournament -- Quarterfinal
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