Softball sweeps No. 17 Salisbury to cap perfect weekend

Alex Cisar delivers a softball pitch

Salisbury, Md. -- University of Lynchburg's softball team made it a perfect weekend Monday with a doubleheader sweep of 17th-ranked Salisbury, claiming 9-0 and 5-4 victories over the host Sea Gulls.

The Hornets offense clicked on all cylinders in the first game, powered by a grand slam and five RBI from senior first baseman Mackenzie Chitwood (Ferrum, Va.) and a 3-for-3 game from junior second baseman Sarah Commons (Glen Allen, Va.), while junior right-hander Alex Cisar (Sykesville, Md.) twirled a three-hit shutout in the circle.

Lynchburg came from behind in Game 2 as sophomore designated player Morgan Mitchell (Mineral, Va.) and sophomore left fielder Kortney Leazer (Remington, Va.) each drove in two runs.

The Hornets' went an unblemished 6-0 on the weekend in Salisbury, Md. with sweeps of the Sea Gulls, The College of New Jersey, and Cortland, winning twice by the eight-run mercy rule.

 

THE RUNDOWN

Game 1 Final: Lynchburg 9, No. 17 Salisbury 0 (5 inn.)

Game 2 Final: Lynchburg 5, No. 17 Salisbury 4

Records: Lynchburg 13-1, No. 17 Salisbury 9-4

Venue: Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury University, Salisbury, Md.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Game 1

  • Lynchburg jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second thanks to RBI singles by Chitwood and senior third baseman Taylor Mabry (Bassett, Va.) and a bases-loaded walk to Mitchell. The Hornets added another run in the third when junior shortstop Kayla Hugate (Chesterfield, Va.) delivered an RBI knock.

  • The visitors blew the game open in the fourth when a Salisbury fielding error opened the door and Chitwood slugged a two-out grand slam to center field.

  • Cisar shut the door on the Sea Gulls with five innings of three-hit ball, striking out one.

Game 2

  • Salisbury got on the board early in the nightcap with two runs in the first, but Lynchburg responded in the fourth when Mitchell knocked a two-run double to left-center field.

  • The Hornets took the lead an inning later on Chitwood's sacrifice fly and added insurance in the sixth when Leazer clubbed a two-run homer.

  • The Sea Gulls pulled within one after a two-run home run of their own in the sixth, but sophomore right-hander Kayley Cox (Yorktown, Va.) set down the final five hitters of the ballgame in order to capture her third win of the season.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

The non-conference schedule gets no easier for Lynchburg as the Hornets will head to No. 8 Christopher Newport for a doubleheader Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at the Newport News, Va.-based school.

--LYN--

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