Baseball swept at home by Panthers

Baseball player swinging a bat

Lynchburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's baseball team suffered a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Ferrum, 11-9 in 11 innings and 4-2, Saturday in Old Dominion Athletic Conference play.

Sophomore second baseman Parker Shaffer (Richmond, Va.) led Lynchburg with four hits on the day, and Shaffer, graduate student right fielder Kinston Carson (Tappahannock, Va.), and freshman center fielder Carrson Atkins (Charlottesville, Va.) each drove in a pair of runs in the losses.

Freshman right-hander Garrett Jackson (Virginia Beach, Va.) was the bright spot on the mound with four innings of scoreless relief in Game 1.

 

THE RUNDOWN

Game 1 Final: Ferrum 11, Lynchburg 9 (11 inn.)

Game 2 Final: Ferrum 4, Lynchburg 2

Records: Ferrum (15-7, 7-2 ODAC), Lynchburg (8-13, 2-5 ODAC)

Venue: James C. Fox Field, University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, Va.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Game 1

  • The Hornets tagged Ferrum starter Mitch Custer for seven runs, all earned in the first three innings of the day to jump out to a 7-4 lead. Shaffer delivered an RBI triple in the bottom of the first, and Carson blooped a two-run single into short left field in the second. Atkins' two-run single in the third made it 6-4 Lynchburg, and freshman third baseman PJ Alvanos (Annapolis, Md.) capped off the rally with an RBI single.

  • Ferrum took the lead in the fifth with a five-run rally aided by a Hornets' fielding error.

  • Lynchburg tied the game at 9 with single runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Shaffer drove in Carson with an eighth-inning single, and a Panthers error brought senior pinch runner Jake Conner (Fairfield, Va.) across in the ninth to send the game to extra innings.

  • FC took the lead on an 11th-inning passed ball and ensuing fielding error and held on for the win.

Game 2

  • The Panthers got to Lynchburg right-hander Hunter Campbell (Lynchburg, Va.) for single runs in the first and second inning, but the reigning ODAC pitcher of the week settled in with five-straight scoreless innings.

  • Lynchburg's offense picked its starter up as freshman catcher Holden Fiedler (Henrico, Va.) singled home a run in the second and sophomore first baseman Avery Combs (Lynchburg, Va.) tied the game with a sixth-inning RBI single.

  • The Panthers finally broke through in the eighth inning on Josh Greenway's two-run triple, which proved the difference.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

The Hornets will continue ODAC play Tuesday, March 26 with a trip to Virginia Wesleyan. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

--LYN--

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