For immediate release - 3/10/2013 - #290
Hornet Softball Splits Doubleheader with #18 Salisbury
SALISBURY, MD—The Lynchburg College softball team continued its hot streak in Maryland, winning game one against #18 Salisbury 6-4, before dropping game two, 2-1 in nine innings, on Sunday in non-conference action.
Lynchburg fell behind early in game one of the doubleheader, trailing 4-0 heading into the sixth inning. The Hornets plated six in the frame, giving LC the win over the Sea Gulls.
Sophomore Jessi Hall singled to center to start the inning before Salisbury walked freshman Kelsey Meador, the LC pinch hitter, and junior Melanie Tenney to load the bases with no outs. Freshman Danielle Powell got the pitch she was looking for, sending a line drive double to right-center field, clearing the bases and trimming the lead to 4-3.
After junior Michaela Munday reached on an error to put runners on the corners, junior Cassie Phillips' sacrifice fly to center tied up the game at four. Sophomore Amber Ingram doubled following the at bat by Phillips, putting Munday on third where sophomore Kacey Clary drove both home on a single, giving Lynchburg the 6-4 lead.
Sophomore Elizabeth Fioretti set the final six Sea Gulls down in order to preserve Lynchburg's fifth straight win.
Ingram got the start for the Hornets in game two, finding herself in a pitching duel with Salisbury's Kathryn Larson.
Unlike game one, the Hornets got on the board first in the second game, putting a run on the board in the fifth. Ingram led off the inning with a single to right field. Following a sacrifice bunt and a tag up on a fly ball to center, Ingram found herself on third with two outs. Junior Nicole Shipp singled off Larson, scoring Ingram for a 1-0 lead.
Salisbury rallied for a run in the seventh inning to send the game to extra innings. A walk, ground out, and a single put runners on the corners for Harley Hill. The Sea Gull flew out to right field, scoring Molly Gigioli. Another single later, LC turned to Fioretti to get out of the jam. Fioretti forced Michelle Gravdahl into a fly out, extending the game.
The pitching continued to hold for both teams, until Salisbury plated a run in the bottom of the ninth to split the doubleheader.
Powell went 3-for-7 on the day for Lynchburg with three RBI, while Ingram provided three hits and a run scored.
Larson pitched a complete game for Salisbury (12-2) in game two, scattering eight hits, while walking one and striking out five.
Lynchburg (9-4) travels to #7 Christopher Newport (10-3) for a doubleheader Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.