No. 19 softball splits at Roanoke

Brittany Coffey watching a softball fly off her bat

Salem, Va. -- The 19th-ranked University of Lynchburg softball team shook off a Game 1 defeat to pummel rival Roanoke in the nightcap Thursday evening in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference play.

Lynchburg took Game 2, 13-0 in 5 innings, after dropping the opener, 6-4.

Senior catcher Brittany Coffey (Manassas, Va.) led the way for the Hornet offense, going 6-for-7 with two home runs, three runs scored and four RBI on the evening.

 

THE RUNDOWN

Game 1 Final: Roanoke 6, No. 19 Lynchburg 4

Game 2 Final: No. 19 Lynchburg 13, Roanoke 0 (5 inn.)

Records: No. 19 Lynchburg (26-8, 9-5 ODAC), Roanoke (16-15, 5-7 ODAC)

Venue: James I. Moyer Sports Complex, Salem, Va.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Game 1

  • Lynchburg scored on a first-inning Maroons error for an early 1-0 lead and doubled the advantage in the fourth inning thanks to an RBI single off the bat of sophomore right fielder Kortney Leazer (Remington, Va.).

  • Roanoke rallied for five runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-2 lead they would not relinquish.

  • The Hornets added two runs in the sixth thanks to a two-run single from Coffey.

Game 2

  • A first-inning rally put Lynchburg in control of the nightcap early. Junior shortstop Kayla Hugate (Chesterfield, Va.) led off the game with a double and scored on senior first baseman Mackenzie Chitwood's (Ferrum, Va.) sacrifice fly. Hugate capped the seven-run inning with a two-run single.

  • Coffey homered to lead off the second, continuing the rout. Lynchburg added two more runs in the frame to lead 10-0 after two. Coffey slugged her second home run, another solo shot, in the fifth inning.

  • Senior right-hander Taylor Belknap (Arden, N.C.) completed the abbreviated shutout with five innings of two-hit ball. She struck out six Maroons in her eighth win of the season.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

The Hornets will move on in ODAC play Sunday, April 14 with a home doubleheader against Eastern Mennonite at 1 p.m. Lynchburg will honor its four seniors prior to first pitch in Game 1.

--LYN--

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