Baseball gears up for ODAC tournament play

Baseball players face the flag for the playing of the national anthem before a game.

Lynchburg, Va. -- For the first time since the 2014 season, the Lynchburg College baseball team will take part in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament. The Hornets take the No. 6 seed into the first weekend of tournament play, heading to Salem, Va., to face off with No. 3-seeded and nationally ranked Roanoke.

The teams will start the best-of-three series with a doubleheader at Salem Memorial Ballpark on Friday, May 4 beginning at 5 p.m. If necessary, they will meet again Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m. to decide the first-round series. (Please note the time change on the "if necessary" game; schedule has shifted due to rain in the forecast.)

The 2018 season marks the first with a new tournament format for the ODAC as the league moves from six- to eight-team field for the conference tournament. It is now a two-weekend ordeal with best-of-three series at high-seeds' home sites for the first round; the four series winners will meet the following weekend at Lynchburg City Stadium to determine the league champion in a double-elimination format.

Lynchburg (16-22, 9-11 ODAC) is in search of the program's ninth ODAC title and its first since the 2012 season. Last season, sixth-seeded Roanoke took the tournament crown and advanced all the way to the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship.

The Maroons, ranked 13th in Division III at the moment, have parlayed that success into a 27-9, 15-5 mark this season. Roanoke swept the season series with LC, winning 10-1 in Lynchburg March 15 and 8-4 in Salem April 5.

Admission is free for this weekend's series.

The rest of the tournament will be spread throughout the Commonwealth, starting with eighth-seeded Bridgewater and top seed Randolph-Macon in Ashland, Va. No. 5-seeded Hampden-Sydney will travel to Winchester, Va., to meet with fourth-seeded Shenandoah, and No. 7-seed Guilford will head to Virginia Beach, Va., to square off with Virginia Wesleyan, the No. 2 seed.

2018 ODAC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Best-of-Three Series

May 4-6, 2018

Series 1: No. 8 Bridgewater at No. 1 Randolph-Macon

Series 2: No. 5 Hampden-Sydney at No. 4 Shenandoah

Series 3: No. 7 Guilford at No. 2 Virginia Wesleyan

Series 4: No. 6 Lynchburg at No. 3 Roanoke, May 4, 5 p.m. (DH) and May 6, 2 p.m. (if necessary), at Salem Memorial Ballpark

*** Tournament will be reseeded following the campus weekend series ***

 

Final Round - City Stadium in Lynchburg, Va.

May 11-13, 2018

Friday, May 11

Game 1: No. 1 Seed vs. No. 4 Seed | 4 p.m.

Game 2: No. 2 Seed vs. No. 3 Seed | 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 12

Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 | Noon

Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 | 3:30 p.m.

Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 | 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 13

Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 | 1 p.m.

Game 7 (if necessary): Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 | 30 minutes following Game 6

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Fri Aug 30
at Liberty University Challenge
Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va. | 4k races
Fri Aug 30
3:30 PM
Mary Baldwin
vs. Lynchburg
@ Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va. Route 42 Classic
Fri Aug 30
5:30 PM
Bryn Mawr
vs. Lynchburg
@ Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va. Route 42 Classic
Fri Aug 30
7:00 PM
Roanoke
vs. Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Non-conference match
Sat Aug 31
10:00 AM
Meredith
vs. Lynchburg
@ Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va. Route 42 Classic
Sat Aug 31
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Aug 31
2:00 PM
Catholic
vs. Lynchburg
@ Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va. Route 42 Classic
Sat Aug 31
3:00 PM
Lynchburg
vs. Johns Hopkins
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke College Kickoff
Sun Sep 01
3:00 PM
Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.)
vs. Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke College Kickoff
Fri Sep 06
5:00 PM
Shenandoah
vs. Lynchburg
@ Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. Gallaudet Tournament
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Fri Aug 30
7:00 PM
Roanoke
vs. Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Non-conference match
Sat Sep 07
5:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.)
vs. Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke Invitational
Sun Sep 08
4:30 PM
Regent
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Sep 11
7:00 PM
Mary Washington
vs. Lynchburg
Fri Sep 13
7:00 PM
Oglethorpe
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Sep 18
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 21
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Catholic
Wed Sep 25
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee
vs. Lynchburg
Non-conference match
Sat Sep 28
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Roanoke
Wed Oct 02
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Non-conference match
Wed Oct 09
7:00 PM
Randolph-Macon
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Hampden-Sydney
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Sat Aug 31
3:00 PM
Lynchburg
vs. Johns Hopkins
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke College Kickoff
Sun Sep 01
3:00 PM
Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.)
vs. Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke College Kickoff
Sat Sep 07
12:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.)
vs. Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 1
Sun Sep 08
2:00 PM
Kalamazoo
vs. Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 3
Sat Sep 14
11:00 AM
Lynchburg
at Emory
Sun Sep 15
11:00 AM
Lynchburg
at Piedmont
Piedmont Invitational
Wed Sep 25
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 28
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Sat Oct 05
1:00 PM
Bridgewater (Va.)
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Oct 09
4:00 PM
Randolph
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at East. Mennonite
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