Softball sweeps Geneva in home-opener

Taylor Mabry hitting a softball

Lynchburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's softball team enjoyed a successful home-opener Saturday with a non-conference sweep of Geneva, 5-0 and 13-0.

Lynchburg pitching was dominant, as the Hornets' four hurlers combined to allow just seven Golden Tornadoes hits over 12 innings of work.

Senior third baseman Taylor Mabry (Bassett, Va.) swung a hot bat for Lynchburg with a pair of home runs and a double, collecting four RBI on the day.

Sophomore designated player Kortney Leazer (Remington, Va.) slugged her first-career home run in the opener, and sophomore right fielder Jordyne Vance (Lynchburg, Va.) had a three-hit afternoon at the plate.

The sweep pushed Lynchburg's regular-season win streak to 11, dating back to April 17 of last year.

 

THE RUNDOWN

Game 1 Final: Lynchburg 5, Geneva 0

Game 2 Final: Lynchburg 13, Geneva 0 (5 inn.)

Records: Lynchburg 4-0, Geneva 0-2

Venue: Moon Field, University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, Va.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Game 1

  • Lynchburg wasted no time grabbing a lead as Mabry clubbed a one-out, two-run homer to left field in the bottom of the first.

  • Mabry tacked on Lynchburg's third run in the fourth inning with a solo homer.

  • Leazer led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo shot that made it 4-0 Hornets, and Lynchburg added its final run later in the frame with a sacrifice fly from senior catcher Brittany Coffey (Manassas, Va.).

  • Senior right-hander Taylor Belknap (Arden, N.C.) earned the win with six shutout innings. She struck out seven and allowed just two hits.

Game 2

  • The Hornets snagged an early lead in the nightcap as well as Mabry's double brought junior shortstop Kayla Hugate (Chesterfield, Va.) around. Mabry scored on a wild pitch later in the inning for a 2-0 Lynchburg lead.

  • Lynchburg broke the game open with five runs in the third, highlighted by Vance's two-out, two-run single.

  • The Hornets poured it on the next inning with six runs in the fourth.

  • Junior right-hander Alex Cisar (Sykesville, Md.) earned the win in the circle with 3 ⅔ innings of shutout ball.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Lynchburg will play host to Salem on Tuesday, March 5 with a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Moon Field.

--LYN--

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