Softball splits with Averett, moves to 7-1

Lynchburg softball celebrates Wood's walkoff hit

Lynchburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's softball team battled to a doubleheader split with non-conference rival Averett Thursday afternoon, winning the opener, 6-5 in 8 innings, before falling, 4-2, in the nightcap.

Sophomore center fielder Haylee Wood (Goode, Va.) led the Hornets' offense with a 4-for-5 day at the plate, including the game-winning single in the eighth inning of Game 1.

Junior shortstop Kayla Hugate (Chesterfield, Va.) tallied three hits and scored three runs on the day, while senior catcher Brittany Coffey (Manassas, Va.) rapped three hits and drove in a pair.

The loss in the nightcap ended Lynchburg's 13-game regular-season win streak.

Thursday's games also brought an end to Lynchburg softball's 2019 Suicide Awareness Week. The team raised $63 for the Lynchburg/Bedford chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at its ballgames.

 

THE RUNDOWN

Game 1 Final: Lynchburg 6, Averett 5 (8 inn.)

Game 2 Final: Averett 4, Lynchburg 2

Records: Lynchburg 7-1, Averett 8-3

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

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Game 1

  • Things started poorly for the Hornets as Averett began the game with three straight hits and an early run, but sophomore right-hander Kayley Cox (Yorktown, Va.) entered in relief and pitched out of the first-inning jam without allowing more damage.

  • Lynchburg tied the game in the third when senior first baseman Mackenzie Chitwood (Ferrum, Va.) doubled to right center, scoring Wood from second.

  • Cox held the Cougars at bay for the next several innings until the visitors found their bats in the fifth, when Kaitlyn Aherron and Erin Rankin clubbed back-to-back home runs to put Averett ahead, 4-1.

  • Senior third baseman Taylor Mabry (Bassett, Va.) cut into the deficit with a solo homer in the fifth, and Lynchburg rallied again an inning later to tie the game thanks to an RBI single from Wood followed by a throwing error on a stolen-base attempt that brought Coffey home.

  • Lynchburg had a chance to win the game in the seventh when sophomore right fielder Jordyne Vance (Lynchburg, Va.) doubled down the right-field line, but Averett caught the would-be winning run at home to send the game to extra innings.

  • Averett took a 5-4 lead in the eighth, but junior right-hander Alex Cisar (Sykesville, Md.) and the Hornet defense got out of the bases-loaded jam without further damage, thanks in large part to an outfield assist from Vance in right.

  • Lynchburg tied the game quickly with a Hugate single followed by a sacrifice fly off Coffey's bat and, two batters later, Wood singled sharply to right to bring Hugate in as the Hornets won in walk-off fashion.

Game 2

  • After a scoreless first two innings, Averett exploded for four runs in the third to take the lead.

  • Coffey doubled home a run in the bottom of the fourth to put Lynchburg on the board, and the Hornets scored again in the fifth on a Cougars throwing error.

  • Lynchburg loaded the bases in the seventh on two walks and a Chitwood single, but Aherron pitched out of the jam to nail down the doubleheader split.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Lynchburg will hit the road this weekend for Salisbury, Md., to compete in the Salisbury Invitational. The Hornets will take on three quality opponents in Cortland, The College of New Jersey, and 17th-ranked Salisbury.

--LYN--

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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
Wed Jan 08
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph
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No Event
No Event
No Event
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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
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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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