Lynchburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg athletics and head softball coach Dawn Simmons are thrilled to announce the Hornets' 2019 softball schedule.
The slate features 10 contests against 2018 NCAA Division III tournament qualifiers, six of them in a six-day road trip in early March, as well as some first-time-ever matchups for Lynchburg softball.
The Hornets will start the season with a pair of February trips to the Tar Heel State, beginning Feb. 9 with a season-opening doubleheader at Methodist. Lynchburg will head back south Feb. 23-24 for the Grand Slam Triangle Classic; the pairings have not yet been released for the weekend.
March brings with it the Hornets' home-opener, the first-ever meeting between Lynchburg and Geneva, Saturday, March 2. A home doubleheader with a more familiar foe, Salem, follows on March 5.
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Lynchburg will then head north for the Salisbury Invitational for weekend double-dips with 2018 NCAA qualifier The College of New Jersey and SUNY Cortland -- both first-ever meetings for the program -- on March 9-10. The Hornets will stick around the following day to face another tournament team in host Salisbury. The schedule gets no easier later in the week, as Lynchburg will take on defending Capital Athletic Conference champ Christopher Newport Thursday, March 14 in Newport News, Va.
Other dates of note include the 2019 Old Dominion Athletic Conference opener at league-newcomer Ferrum, set for Wednesday, March 20, and a visit to Moon Field from perennial power Randolph-Macon Saturday, March 23.
The Hornets will square off with crosstown rival Randolph Tuesday, March 26 and welcome two-time defending national champion Virginia Wesleyan to Moon Field Saturday, April 6.
Lynchburg enters the 2019 season looking to build on a successful 2018, which saw the Hornets back to the NCAA tournament for the first time in four years. Lynchburg went 30-14 on the year and went on a pair of eight-game win streaks to earn the at-large bid to the Atlanta Regional.
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