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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.