Softball improves to 8-0 with sweep of UMW

Kayla Hugate runs the bases. Text: Kayla Hugate, 4-for-6, 2 2b, 7 RBI

Fredericksburg, Va. -- Lynchburg College's softball team remained undefeated in 2018, sweeping Mary Washington, 14-3 and 13-1, in mercy-rule victories Saturday on the road.

Sophomore shortstop Kayla Hugate (Chesterfield, Va.) had a big day at the plate, going 4-for-6 with three doubles and driving in seven runs over the two-game sweep. Junior catcher Brittany Coffey (Manassas, Va.) collected five RBI on the day, and junior first baseman Mackenzie Chitwood (Ferrum, Va.) doubled twice and drove in four Hornet runs.



Game 1 Final: Lynchburg 14, Mary Washington 3 (5 inn.)

Game 2 Final: Lynchburg 13, Mary Washington 1 (5 inn.)

Records: Lynchburg 8-0, Mary Washington

Venue: Mary Washington Softball Stadium, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va.



Game 1

  • The host Eagles jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first inning on a three-run home run, but Lynchburg tied the game on Chitwood's two-RBI single in the second and took the lead the next inning on an RBI knock from freshman left fielder Jordyne Vance (Lynchburg, Va.).

  • LC exploded for 10 runs in the fourth and fifth innings, highlighted by a pair of two-run doubles off Hugate's bat.

  • Hornet pitcher Conner English (Altavista, Va.) earned the win, striking out six in the shortened complete game.

Game 2

  • Lynchburg led wire to wire in the nightcap, taking the lead on Chitwood's RBI double in the first and blowing the game open with a seven-run third. Coffey delivered a two-run double followed by an RBI triple from sophomore right fielder Carol Oberhelman (Washington Township, N.J.).

  • Senior center fielder Skylar Dickens (Virginia Beach, Va.) went 3-for-4 in the leadoff spot for LC in Game 2.

  • Junior pitcher Taylor Belknap (Arden, N.C.) earned the win in the nightcap, while sophomore right-hander Alex Cisar (Sykesville, Md.) pitched 1 ⅔ scoreless innings in relief.



Lynchburg will head to Danville, Va., on Tuesday, March 6 for a doubleheader with Averett beginning at 1 p.m.