No. 4 Berry bests softball in NCAA opener

Lynchburg softball players line up for introductions before an NCAA Tournament game.

Atlanta, Ga. -- The Lynchburg College softball team couldn't get by No. 4-ranked Berry in Friday's opener of the Atlanta Regional of the NCAA Division III softball tournament, falling 9-1 in 5 innings on Emory University's Cooper Field.

Senior center fielder Skylar Dickens (Virginia Beach, Va.) and freshman right fielder Jordyne Vance (Lynchburg, Va.) collected Lynchburg's two hits. Dickins drove in the Hornets' run.

Berry's Kassie Howard led the way for the Vikings with four no-hit innings in the circle, striking out five. Vikings right fielder Brooke Whittemore went 2-for-3 with four RBI.

Lynchburg got a runner aboard in the first inning thanks to a two-out walk by junior third baseman Taylor Mabry (Bassett, Va.), but the Hornets rallied no further as Howard escaped the inning with two popouts and a strikeout.

The Vikings wasted no time in the first, jumping on freshman pitcher Kayley Cox (Yorktown, Va.) with back-to-back singles to start the game. After a walk, Berry's Elisabeth Federici singled home the game's first run, and Lynchburg went to the bullpen without recording an out.

Sophomore right-hander Alex Cisar (Sykesville, Md.) got the next Vikings hitter to fly out for a sacrifice fly, but Whittemore followed that with a three-run home run that made it 5-0 in favor of the fourth-ranked team in the country.

Berry added another run in the second on Federici's RBI double and two more the following inning when Kylie Aiken knocked a two-run double that made it 8-0.

The Vikings' second-inning rally could have been worse if not for a great throw by junior catcher Brittany Coffey (Manassas, Va.) that nabbed a would-be base-stealer at third, and junior right-hander Taylor Belknap (Arden, N.C.) entered in relief to get the final out of the inning.

Berry added another run in the bottom of the fourth.

The Hornets offense got going in the top of the fifth when sophomore designated player Sarah Commons (Glen Allen, Va.) reached on a dropped third strike with one out. Commons advanced to second on a wild pitch from Berry reliever Meredith Holland, and Lynchburg got its third baserunner of the day on a two-out walk by Coffey.

Lynchburg broke up the no-hit bid a batter later when Vance singled through the left side, loading the bases. Dickens followed that with an infield single that scored Commons to do away with the shutout, but that's all the offense the Hornets could muster as the game ended per the 5-inning run rule.

Cox took the loss in the circle, falling to 5-4 this season, while Howard earned her 23rd win of the season for the Vikings.

Lynchburg (30-13) is playing in the NCAA tournament for the sixth time in program history and the first time since the 2014 season. The Hornets will play in loser-out action on Saturday, May 12 against the loser of the ongoing game between Emory U., and Maryville.

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Tue Nov 12
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Averett
Wed Nov 13
1:30 PM
No. 18 Lynchburg
at No. 14 Centre
NCAA Tournament - First Round
Wed Nov 13
7:30 PM
Lynchburg
at N.C. Wesleyan
Fri Nov 15
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Emory
Emory Holiday Inn Tip Off Classic (Game Played at Agnes Scott)
Sat Nov 16
at NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional Championships
Shelby Farms Park, Memphis, Tenn.
Sat Nov 16
3:00 PM
Colorado Col.
vs. Lynchburg
@ Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. Emory Holiday Inn Tip Off Classic
Sat Nov 16
6:00 PM
Pfeiffer
vs. Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 2
Sun Nov 17
3:00 PM
Methodist
vs. Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 4
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
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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
7:30 PM
Lynchburg
at N.C. Wesleyan
Sat Nov 16
6:00 PM
Pfeiffer
vs. Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 2
Sun Nov 17
3:00 PM
Methodist
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
No Event
No Event
No Event
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Sun Nov 10
Final
60 Meredith
81 vs. Lynchburg
Tue Nov 12
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Averett
Fri Nov 15
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Emory
Emory Holiday Inn Tip Off Classic (Game Played at Agnes Scott)
Sat Nov 16
3:00 PM
Colorado Col.
vs. Lynchburg
@ Emory University, Atlanta, 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
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No Event
No Event
No Event
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No Event
Wed Sep 25
Final - 2OT
0 No. 13 Washington and Lee
0 vs. Lynchburg
Non-conference match
Sat Sep 28
Final - 2OT
0 Lynchburg
0 at Roanoke
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
Wed Sep 25
Final - 2OT
1 No. 23 Lynchburg
1 at No. 2 Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 28
Final
0 No. 23 Lynchburg
3 at Washington and Lee
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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