Salisbury, Md. -- The No. 19-ranked Lynchburg College softball team split its doubleheader with Immaculata Saturday, winning the opener, 4-2, before dropping the back end, 9-8 in eight innings, on the first day of the Salisbury Invitational.
Senior hurler Conner English (Altavista, Va.) twirled a gem in the first game, striking out nine and allowing one earned run in her third victory of the season. Lynchburg took an 8-7 lead in the top of the eighth in the nightcap, but the Mighty Macs' Annemarie Bartow smacked a two-run homer to earn the walk-off win.
Junior third baseman Taylor Mabry (Bassett, Va.) went 4-for-7 on the day with a homer, three runs, and four RBI, while sophomore designated player Sarah Commons (Glen Allen, Va.) also had four hits and drove in two runs.
Game 1 Final: No. 19 Lynchburg 4, Immaculata 2
Game 2 Final: Immaculata 9, No. 19 Lynchburg 8 (8 inn.)
Records: No. 19 Lynchburg 10-2, Immaculata 2-2
Venue: Henry S. Parker Complex, Field 1, Salisbury, Md.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Lynchburg took an early lead in the bottom of the second when freshman left fielder Jordyne Vance (Lynchburg, Va.) brought home a run on a groundout.
After Immaculata tied the game in the third on a Hornets error, Mabry launched a two-run home run in the bottom half of the inning for a 3-1 lead.
IU brought the lead to one run in the sixth, but LC gained some cushion in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single by senior center fielder Skylar Dickens (Virginia Beach, Va.).
The Mighty Macs put the go-ahead run at the plate in the seventh, but English fanned the final out.
The Hornets took an early lead thanks to an RBI single from Mabry and an ensuing Immaculata error, and they extended the lead to 3-0 two innings later when Commons drove Mabry in on an RBI single of her own.
Immaculata cut the lead to one with a pair of runs in the third and took the lead with two more in the fourth, but Lynchburg responded with a four-run fifth inning. Junior first baseman Mackenzie Chitwood (Ferrum, Va.) began the frame with a solo homer, and LC took advantage of a Mighty Macs error, a sac fly, and an RBI groundout to lead 7-4.
Immaculata responded with two runs in the fifth and one in the seventh. In the eighth, Commons put the Hornets ahead with an RBI single, again scoring Mabry, but Bartow's homer in the bottom of the frame sealed the walk-off win for Immaculata.
The Hornets will wrap up the tournament with a doubleheader against Rochester at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Henry S. Parker Complex.