No. 13 softball sweeps Mary Washington with power display

Brittany Coffey hitting a softball

Lynchburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's softball team pounded out 22 hits Saturday on its way to a sweep of Mary Washington. The Hornets won 2-0 in the opener and followed that with a 13-3, 5-inning victory.

Senior right-hander Taylor Belknap (Arden, N.C.) tossed a complete-game, five-hit shutout in Game 1, striking out four.

The Hornets slugged three home runs in Game 2, capped by a grand slam from senior catcher Brittany Coffey (Manassas, Va.), who totaled five RBI on the game. Sophomore right fielder Kortney Leazer (Remington, Va.) and senior first baseman Mackenzie Chitwood (Ferrum, Va.) also homered for Lynchburg.

 

THE RUNDOWN

Game 1 Final: No. 13 Lynchburg 2, Mary Washington 0

Game 2 Final: No. 13 Lynchburg 13, Mary Washington 3 (5 inn.)

Records: No. 13 Lynchburg 15-3, Mary Washington 7-7

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

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Game 1

  • The Hornets scored in the first and third innings, both times on base hits by senior third baseman Taylor Mabry (Bassett, Va.). Mabry's first-inning single brought in junior shortstop Kayla Hugate (Chesterfield, Va.), and her third-inning knock got Chitwood to third, and the first baseman scored as Mabry was tagged out in a rundown between first and second bases.

  • Lynchburg rapped out 12 hits and had baserunners in every inning, but the two early runs was all the offense the Hornets could muster.

  • Belknap kept Lynchburg on top, never allowing more than one baserunner in an inning until the seventh. The Eagles got two women aboard in the last, but a groundout to second preserved the senior's second shutout of the year.

Game 2

  • Lynchburg scored early and often in the nightcap, starting with Mabry's RBI groundout in the first.

  • Leazer slugged a two-out, two-run homer in the second to make it 3-0 Lynchburg, but UMW rebounded with a single run in the top of the third after the leadoff batter reached on an error.

  • Hugate walked to lead off the third, followed by a single from Chitwood and a hit-by-pitch by freshman designated player Haley Drew (Appomattox, Va.). Coffey then homered down the left-field line to break the game open and make the score 7-1 Hornets.

  • Chitwood's started a six-run rally in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run homer to center, and Drew, Coffey, and Leazer all delivered RBI hits in the frame.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Lynchburg will hit the road Wednesday, March 20 to begin Old Dominion Athletic Conference play at league-newcomer Ferrum with a 5 p.m. doubleheader.

--LYN--

Softball unveils 2019 schedule
September 13, 2018 Softball unveils 2019 schedule
Sun May 12
Final
7 No. 17 Lynchburg
4 at No. 1 Va. Wesleyan
NCAA Tournament - Virginia Beach Regional
Sun May 12
Final
2 No. 1 Va. Wesleyan
4 vs. No. 17 Lynchburg
@ Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach, Va. NCAA Tournament - Virginia Beach Regional
Fri May 17
Final
2 No. 18 Emory
7 vs. No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Tournament - Lynchburg Super Regional - Game 1
Sat May 18
Final
9 No. 18 Emory
5 vs. No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Tournament - Lynchburg Super Regional - Game 2
Sat May 18
Final
10 No. 18 Emory
8 vs. No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Tournament - Lynchburg Super Regional - Game 3
View Full Schedule
No events to show.
No events to show.
No events to show.
No events to show.
No events to show.
Wed Aug 21
7:30 PM
Randolph
vs. Lynchburg
Scrimmage
Fri Aug 30
7:00 PM
Roanoke
vs. Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Non-conference match
Sat Sep 07
5:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.)
vs. Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke Invitational
Sun Sep 08
3:30 PM
Regent
vs. Lynchburg
No Event
View Full Schedule
Sat Aug 31
11:00 AM
Lynchburg
vs. Johns Hopkins
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke College Kickoff
Sun Sep 01
3:00 PM
Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.)
vs. Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke College Kickoff
Sat Sep 07
12:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.)
vs. Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 1
Sun Sep 08
1:00 PM
Kalamazoo
vs. Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 3
No Event
View Full Schedule