Lynchburg, Va. -- The Lynchburg College softball team celebrated Senior Day with a couple of key Old Dominion Athletic Conference wins over Emory & Henry on Saturday afternoon by the scores of 4-3 and 8-0.
The Hornets' pitching dominated the afternoon as each starter was able to record a complete game. Senior pitcher Conner English (Altavista, Va.) threw all seven innings in Game 1, allowing just seven hits and three earned runs while striking out four batters. Sophomore right-hander Alex Cisar (Sykesville, Md.) got the nod in Game 2 and followed up English's performance with a gem to secure the sweep. Cisar went six shutout innings, allowing just five Wasps baserunners, none of which crossed the plate.
Seniors rightfully stole the day as center fielder Skylar Dickens (Virginia Beach, Va.) and second baseman Leslie Bourgeois (Bealeton, Va.) combined for six hits and reached base a whopping nine times. Senior outfielder Mackenzie Mount (Forest, Va.) joined the action in the nightcap with a key bunt single in the sixth which loaded the bases before Dickens' double unloaded them and invoked the eight-run mercy rule.
Game 1: Lynchburg 4, Emory & Henry 3
Game 2: Lynchburg 8, Emory & Henry 0
Records: Lynchburg (26-10, 10-6 ODAC), Emory & Henry (28-10, 9-7 ODAC)
Venue: Moon Field, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Va.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Junior first baseman Mackenzie Chitwood (Ferrum, Va.) kicked off the scoring for the Hornets when she rocketed a solo home run over the center field fence in the bottom of the first.
- E&H answered back in the top of the second when Erin Anderson smoked a two-run double to left field to take an early 2-1 lead.
- The Hornets were able to regain the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth inning when Dickens and Chitwood hit back-to-back RBI singles to put LC ahead 4-3. English shut the Wasps down in the final frame to seal the win.
- The Hornets opened up the scoring again in Game 2 as sophomore shortstop Kayla Hugate (Chesterfield, Va.) knocked in Dickens with a single to center field for a 1-0 lead in the first.
- LC never looked back after their first inning lead as Hugate and Dickens contributed big games with three hits apiece. The Hornets collectively were able to reach base 19 times as a team, reaching the eight-run mark for the 12th time this season.
- Cisar recorded her ninth win of the season while also acquiring a team-leading second shutout of the campaign.
The team will remain home as they take on ODAC opponent Bridgewater in an afternoon doubleheader on Sunday, April 22. This will be the final regular-season games of the season as the Hornets look ahead to postseason play in the ODAC tournament.