Pitching wins the day as softball sweeps Bridgewater

Conner English pitching

Lynchburg, Va. -- The Lynchburg College softball team ended the regular season on a solid note as they defeated Old Dominion Athletic Conference opponent Bridgewater by scores of 3-0 and 1-0, the latter in eight innings.

On the second day of their four-game weekend homestand, the Hornets received tremendous starting pitching in both games. Senior right-hander Conner English (Altavista, Va.) threw a three-hit, complete-game shutout in Game 1 as she recorded her ninth win of the season. It was English's first shutout of the year.

Game 2 featured freshman right-hander Kayley Cox (Yorktown, Va.), who went eight innings in her second shutout effort of 2018. Cox allowed just two hits while striking out five Eagles batters in her fifth victory of the season.

Junior third baseman Taylor Mabry (Bassett, Va.) drove in the game-winning run in the nightcap with a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the eighth.

With the doubleheader sweep of the Eagles to conclude the regular season, the Hornets wrap up the No. 3 seed in the upcoming ODAC tournament. LC finished with an overall record of 28-10 and 12-6 in the league. Lynchburg finished the season ranked first in batting average (.352), second in home runs (31), and second in runs scored (237). The Hornets defense played solid during the entire regular season as Lynchburg College ranked third in the league in fielding percentage (.963).

 

THE RUNDOWN

Game 1: Lynchburg 3, Bridgewater 0

Game 2: Lynchburg 1, Bridgewater 0 (8 inn.)

Records: Lynchburg (28-10, 12-6 ODAC), Bridgewater (15-23, 3-15 ODAC)

Venue: Moon Field, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg Va.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Game 1

  • A first-inning RBI double off the bat of junior first baseman Mackenzie Chitwood (Ferrum, Va.) scored senior center fielder Skylar Dickens (Virginia Beach Va.) in order to give the Hornets a 1-0 lead.

  • Two batters later, senior second baseman Leslie Bourgeois (Bealeton, Va.) grounded into a double play that enabled Chitwood to score from third base for a 2-0 Hornets lead after one inning.

  • The Hornets tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth, when sophomore designated player Sarah Commons (Glen Allen, Va.) reached on a fielder's choice to score Chitwood from third.

Game 2

  • The Hornets played in their fourth extra-inning game of the season as both Lynchburg and Bridgewater failed to score a run throughout the first seven innings of action. Dominant pitching by Cox and BC's Keirsten Kennedy won the day.

  • With the game scoreless in the bottom of the eighth, Mabry stepped up with the bases loaded and one out, and she proceeded to line the walk-off single to center to bring home senior pinch runner MacKenzie Mount (Forest, Va.) and set off the celebration.

  • Cox held the Eagles hitless for the first two innings and went on to hold Bridgewater hitters to a 2-for-26 performance on the day. Both hits for Bridgewater came from third baseman Stephanie Carroll.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Lynchburg will learn who it will face in the first round of the conference tournament when the league announces the bracket later this week. The tournament begins Friday, April 27 at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va.

--LC--

Wed Nov 20
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Hollins
Fri Nov 22
5:30 PM
Mary Washington
vs. Lynchburg
@ Newport News, Va. CAC/ODAC Challenge - Game 1
Sat Nov 23
at NCAA Division III Championships
E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park, Louisville, Ky.
Sat Nov 23
at Randolph-Macon Invitational -- Day 1
Sat Nov 23
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
CAC/ODAC Challenge - Game 4
Sun Nov 24
at Randolph-Macon Invitational -- Day 2
Mon Nov 25
7:00 PM
East. Mennonite
vs. Lynchburg
Sun Dec 01
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Wed Dec 04
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Ferrum
Wed Dec 04
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph
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Fri Nov 08
Final
87 Lynchburg
78 vs. Albertus Magnus
@ Hood College, Frederick, Md. MMI Tip-Off Tournament
Sat Nov 09
Final
62 Lynchburg
75 at Hood
MMI Tip-Off Championship
Wed Nov 13
Final
88 Lynchburg
68 at N.C. Wesleyan
Sat Nov 16
Final
69 Hampden-Sydney
74 vs. Methodist
@ Lynchburg, Va. Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 1
Sat Nov 16
Final
80 Pfeiffer
91 vs. Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 2
Sun Nov 17
Final
99 Hampden-Sydney
108 vs. Pfeiffer
@ Lynchburg, Va. Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 3
Sun Nov 17
Final
69 Methodist
93 vs. Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 4
Fri Nov 22
5:30 PM
Mary Washington
vs. Lynchburg
@ Newport News, Va. CAC/ODAC Challenge - Game 1
Sat Nov 23
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
CAC/ODAC Challenge - Game 4
Sun Dec 01
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Wed Dec 04
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Ferrum
Sat Dec 07
2:00 PM
East. Mennonite
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Dec 11
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Averett
Wed Jan 01
2:00 PM
William Peace
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Jan 04
2:00 PM
Va. Wesleyan
vs. Lynchburg
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No Event
No Event
Sun Nov 10
Final
60 Meredith
81 vs. Lynchburg
Tue Nov 12
Final
39 Lynchburg
70 at Averett
Fri Nov 15
Final
39 Lynchburg
52 at Emory
Emory Holiday Inn Tip Off Classic (Game Played at Agnes Scott)
Sat Nov 16
Final
64 Colorado Col.
76 vs. Lynchburg
@ Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Ga. Emory Holiday Inn Tip Off Classic
Wed Nov 20
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Hollins
Mon Nov 25
7:00 PM
East. Mennonite
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Dec 04
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph
Sat Dec 07
4:30 PM
Emory & Henry
vs. Lynchburg
CODE RED Game
Fri Dec 20
4:00 PM
Hood
vs. Lynchburg
@ Daytona Beach, Fla. Daytona Beach Shootout
Sat Dec 21
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
vs. Marymount (Va.)
@ Daytona Beach, Fla. Daytona Beach Shootout
Thu Jan 02
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph-Macon
Sat Jan 04
4:30 PM
Johns Hopkins
vs. Lynchburg
Tue Jan 07
7:00 PM
Guilford
vs. Lynchburg
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No Event
No Event
No Event
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Wed Oct 02
Final - 2OT
2 Lynchburg
2 at Bridgewater (Va.)
Non-conference match
Wed Oct 09
Final
0 Randolph-Macon
4 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
Final - 2OT
3 Lynchburg
3 at Hampden-Sydney
Wed Oct 16
Final
0 Lynchburg
4 at No. 6 Washington and Lee
Sat Oct 19
Final
1 East. Mennonite
3 vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming
Wed Oct 23
Final
1 Shenandoah
4 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 26
Final
3 Lynchburg
1 at Va. Wesleyan
Tue Oct 29
Final - OT
0 Guilford
1 vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night
Sun Nov 03
Final
0 Randolph-Macon
2 vs. Lynchburg
Match 3 - ODAC Quarterfinal
Fri Nov 08
Final - PK Away
2 Lynchburg
2 at Hampden-Sydney
Match 6 - ODAC Semifinal
Sat Nov 09
Final
0 Lynchburg
1 vs. No. 11 Washington and Lee
@ Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden Sydney, Va. Match 8 - ODAC Championship
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No Event
No Event
Sat Oct 05
Final
0 Bridgewater (Va.)
4 vs. Lynchburg
Wed Oct 09
Final
1 Randolph
5 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
Final
5 Lynchburg
0 at East. Mennonite
Tue Oct 15
Final
3 Lynchburg
0 at Ferrum
Non-conference match
Wed Oct 16
Final
0 Sweet Briar
9 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 19
Final
2 Roanoke
1 vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming
Thu Oct 24
Final
3 Lynchburg
4 at No. 15 Randolph-Macon
Moved from Oct. 23
Sun Oct 27
Final
1 Lynchburg
2 at Shenandoah
Wed Oct 30
Final
2 Lynchburg
1 at Guilford
Sat Nov 02
Final - OT
2 Va. Wesleyan
1 vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night | CODE RED Match
Mon Nov 04
Final
0 East. Mennonite
4 vs. Lynchburg
Match 1 - ODAC First Round
Wed Nov 06
Final
1 Lynchburg
4 at No. 14 Randolph-Macon
Match 2 - ODAC Quarterfinals
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