Salisbury, Md. -- Lynchburg College's softball team battled to a Sunday split with Rochester on the final day of the Salisbury Invitational, earning a 6-3 triumph behind a gem from senior right-hander Conner English (Altavista, Va.) in Game 1 before falling, 5-0, in the closing contest.
English went the distance in the opener, scattering six hits amid six strikeouts and allowing three unearned runs.
Sophomore shortstop Kayla Hugate (Chesterfield, Va.) drove in two runs at the plate, while senior center fielder Skylar Dickens (Virginia Beach, Va.), junior third baseman Taylor Mabry (Bassett, Va.), and sophomore designated player Sarah Commons (Glen Allen, Va.) collected three hits apiece on the day.
Game 1 Final: No. 19 Lynchburg 6, Rochester 3
Game 2 Final: Rochester 5, No. 19 Lynchburg 0
Records: Lynchburg 11-3, Rochester 2-8
Venue: Henry S. Parker Complex, Field 1, Salisbury, Md.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Yellow Jackets took an early lead, capitalizing on a Lynchburg error for three unearned first-inning runs.
Lynchburg came back with a run in the second on an RBI single from freshman left fielder Jordyne Vance (Lynchburg, Va.) and added three more the next inning on RBI hits by Commons and Hugate.
English dodged baserunners in the final six innings, but she stranded Yellow Jackets in scoring position on four occasions to preserve the lead.
Rochester again scored an early run in the first, and a first-inning LC threat was wiped away on a double play. Yellow Jacket pitcher Hannah Leahy allowed just four Lynchburg hits in the complete-game win.
Dickens smacked a two-out double in the bottom of the fifth as Lynchburg loaded the bases on back-to-back walks, but Rochester ended the threat with a popup.
The Yellow Jackets tacked on two runs in both the sixth and seventh for some breathing room.
Sunday marked the first time Lynchburg has been shut out since April 29, 2017.
Lynchburg will return home for a Thursday non-conference doubleheader with Greensboro on LC's Moon Field. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.