For immediate release – 4/26/2013 - #388
Hornet Softball Captures Two at ODAC Tournament
SALEM, VA – Pitching and defense paved the way to two victories Friday for the second-seeded Lynchburg College softball team on the first day of the 2013 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship Tournament at the Moyer Sports Complex. Despite scoring just four runs on seven hits in the two games, LC hurlers allowed just one run over 14 innings.
Sophomore Hope Johnson threw a gem in the opener, a 2-0 victory over #7 Randolph College. She worked seven frames of five-hit ball, walking just one WildCat with four strikeouts to post her 16th win of the season.
Johnson was threatened in the first inning, but left runners stranded on second and third. The Hornets got their first run of the tournament in the third, as Jessi Hall singled, stole second and scored on a Nicole Riley double. Freshman third-baseman Danielle Powell homered to left field in the bottom of the sixth to provide an insurance run. LC had just three hits, as Randolph's Logan Carter was the tough-luck loser. Carter walked none and struck out six.
The Hornets held on for a 2-1 win in the second game of the day over #3 seed Roanoke College. Amber Ingram doubled in the top of the second and later scored on a wild pitch to put LC up 1-0. The Maroons immediately answered, as Hollee Warlitner singled and later scored on a base-hit from Caitlin Manuel to tie the score in the bottom of the second. Powell led off the fourth with a walk and Ingram laid down a bunt to sacrifice her to second. Michaela Munday plated Powell with a single up the middle for a 2-1 LC lead.
Roanoke nearly tied the score in the bottom of the seventh with a runner on first and two outs. Meghan Weingard doubled to center, but the runner was nailed trying to score on a relay from Melanie Tenney at second base to end the game.
Elizabeth Fioretti earned the complete-game victory for LC in the circle, scattering seven hits with no walks while fanning six batters. It was her first complete game of the 2013 season, and ups her record to 9-1. Warlitner had two hits for Roanoke (30-11).
Lynchburg (32-9), ranked 19th in the nation, will face top-seeded Virginia Wesleyan College (#17 in NCAA Division III) Saturday at 2 p.m. in the finals of the winners' bracket. The victor advances to the finals on Sunday, while the loser must play Saturday night at 8 p.m. for the right to reach the finals in the double-elimination tournament. The champion earns the ODAC's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament.