ODAC coaches pick softball fourth

Mackenzie Chitwood hitting a softball in a game

Forest, Va. -- Fresh off the program's sixth-ever NCAA Division III tournament berth, University of Lynchburg's softball team enters the 2019 season picked fourth among the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's 11 teams, the ODAC announced with its preseason coaches' poll Wednesday afternoon.

Lynchburg picked up 77 points in the coaches' ballot, just one point behind third-picked Emory & Henry and well ahead of fifth choice Guilford (58 points).

Two-time defending national champion Virginia Wesleyan enters the season again as the league's favorite garnering 10 of the 11 first-place votes and the maximum number of possible points, 100. Randolph-Macon was the overwhelming second choice, picking up the remaining first-place nod and 90 points in the poll.

RELATED: 2019 ODAC softball preseason poll

Head coach Dawn Simmons enters her 21st season at the helm of the Hornets with vast experience back on her 2019 squad. The Hornets posted a 30-14 overall record a year ago, including a 12-6 mark in league play, and earned an at-large berth to the national tournament. Lynchburg received votes in the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association preseason top 25 poll, which also came out Wednesday.

Seven starters return for Lynchburg, highlighted by senior third baseman Taylor Mabry (Bassett, Va.), a second-team All-America selection last season. Junior infielder Sarah Commons (Glen Allen, Va.) returns after an All-South Region nod as Lynchburg's primary designated player a season ago. Two more All-ODAC picks in senior catcher Brittany Coffey (Manassas, Va.) and junior shortstop Kayla Hugate (Chesterfield, Va.) return for the Hornets as well.

Lynchburg opens this season this Saturday, Feb. 9, in Fayetteville, N.C., with a 1 p.m. double-dip at Methodist. The Hornets will wait until next month to make their home debut, a Saturday, March 2 doubleheader with Geneva on Moon Field.

RELATED: 2019 Lynchburg softball schedule

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2019 ODAC SOFTBALL PRESEASON POLL

1. Virginia Wesleyan University (10)

100 pts.

2. Randolph-Macon College (1)

90 pts.

3. Emory & Henry College

78 pts.

4. University of Lynchburg

77 pts.

5. Guilford College

58 pts.

6. Roanoke College

56 pts.

7. Ferrum College

42 pts.

8. Eastern Mennonite University

38 pts.

9. Bridgewater College

27 pts.

10. Randolph College

23 pts.

11. Shenandoah University

16 pts.

--LYN--

Softball unveils 2019 schedule
September 13, 2018 Softball unveils 2019 schedule
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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No Event
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
No Event
No Event
No Event
No Event
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No Event
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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