Rocky Mount, N.C. -- Lynchburg College's softball team ran its season-opening win streak to six games with Sunday wins over Wilson and North Carolina Wesleyan on the final day of the Grand Slam Triangle Classic.
Sophomore infielder Sarah Commons (Glen Allen, Va.) led the red-hot Hornets offense with six hits on the day, while senior center fielder Skylar Dickens (Virginia Beach, Va.) added five hits, and junior first baseman Mackenzie Chitwood (Ferrum, Va.) chipped in four, including a pair of solo homers.
Freshman left fielder Jordyne Vance (Lynchburg, Va.) drove in five runs to cap off a breakout weekend in which she collected eight hits, homered twice, and drove in seven runs.
Game 1 Final: Lynchburg 8, Wilson 2
Game 2 Final: Lynchburg 13, N.C. Wesleyan 4 (6 inn.)
Records: Lynchburg 6-0, Wilson 1-2, N.C. Wesleyan 6-4
Venue: Edge Field, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, N.C.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Lynchburg earned an early lead thanks to a first-inning solo shot from Chitwood over the left-field fence, and Commons delivered an RBI single later in the frame for a 2-0 advantage.
Wilson halved the lead in the third inning, but the Hornets jumped on Phoenix pitching for six runs over the next three frames to put the game out of reach. Vance hit her second home run in as many days in the bottom of the third, while Chitwood homered again in the following inning, and Commons also delivered an RBI double in the fourth.
The Hornets also took control early in the afternoon win over the host Battlin' Bishops thanks to a two-run double by senior second baseman Leslie Bourgeois (Bealeton, Va.) and another two-run knock from Vance for a four-run first inning.
North Carolina Wesleyan tied the game with a run in the second and three in the third, and the game remained knotted, 4-4, for the next three innings. Cox entered in relief in the third inning and got out of a jam. The freshman righty finished with 3 2/3 scoreless innings pitched, allowing just one hit and striking out four.
Lynchburg's offense woke up again in the sixth, exploding for nine runs. Bourgeois got the scoring started in the big inning with an RBI double, and Chitwood ended the game with a two-run double to center that invoked the eight-run mercy rule.
The Hornets will take the week off before hitting the road on Saturday, March 3 for a doubleheader at Mary Washington. The twinbill is set for a 1 p.m. start.