No. 20 softball tops E&H, falls to R-MC at ODAC tournament

Taylor Mabry hits a home run

Salem, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's softball team moved into the winners' bracket final Saturday on the second day of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament but couldn't get past Randolph-Macon, falling 3-1 in the second of the day's two ballgames at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex.

The third-seeded Hornets crushed No. 2-seed Emory & Henry in Saturday's opener, 12-3, continuing the offensive outburst they began in Friday's first-round win over Guilford.

R-MC pitcher Ali Celiberti slowed the Lynchburg attack in the nightcap Saturday, however, with a complete-game effort that held the Hornets to one run, a sixth-inning solo homer from senior third baseman Taylor Mabry (Bassett, Va.).

The Yellow Jackets already held a three-run lead at that point in the game, tagging Lynchburg starter Alex Cisar (Sykesville, Md.) for three runs in the second inning. Just one of the runs was earned, however, as a Lynchburg fielding miscue helped extend the deciding inning.

R-MC right fielder Kerstin Roth started the frame with a leadoff double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. She scored when Savannah Wood singled to the shortstop.

After the error, Celiberti came up with an RBI knock to chase Cisar from the game. Sophomore Kayley Cox (Yorktown, Va.) yielded an RBI single to Shelby Hill before getting out of the jam, and Cox shut the Yellow Jackets in check for the remainder of the ballgame.

Lynchburg's offense finally woke up in the sixth as Mabry led off the frame with a homer. The Hornets got the tying runs on base in the seventh, but Celiberti induced the game-ending groundout to push Randolph-Macon into Sunday's 4 p.m. final.

Lynchburg will move into the loser-out game at 1 p.m. Sunday, where they will face top seed and two-time defending national champion Virginia Wesleyan.

VWU knocked out Emory & Henry in the final ballgame of Saturday by a 4-1 score.

Lynchburg handed the Wasps their first loss of the tournament in the 1:30 p.m. round, rapping out 13 hits in the wire-to-wire win, their third meeting with E&H in less than a week.

Mabry slugged a three-run homer in the victory, and Cox went the distance in the circle.

Senior first baseman Mackenzie Chitwood (Ferrum, Va.) also drove three runs in for Lynchburg, and junior second baseman Sarah Commons (Glen Allen, Va.) had a two-RBI afternoon at the plate.

Cox was solid for the Hornets, tossing seven innings and scattering six hits. She allowed just one earned run and struck out three.

Lynchburg is currently ranked fifth in the latest Atlantic Region rankings and No. 20 in Division III in the NFCA Coaches Poll. The Hornets carry a 32-11 record and are in search of a second-straight trip to the national tournament after earning an at-large bid in 2018.

--LYN--

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Thu Oct 24
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at No. 15 Randolph-Macon
Moved from Oct. 23
Fri Oct 25
Lynchburg
at Delaware State
Fri Oct 25
6:30 PM
Lynchburg
at Ferrum
Sat Oct 26
at Hampden-Sydney Tiger Individual, The Manor GC, Farmville, Va.
Sat Oct 26
1 p.m.
at Emory & Henry
Sat Oct 26
1:00 PM
No. 19 Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Sat Oct 26
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Mary Washington
Sat Oct 26
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Va. Wesleyan
Sun Oct 27
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Shenandoah
Tue Oct 29
7:00 PM
Guilford
vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night
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Fri Nov 08
TBA
Lynchburg
vs. TBA
@ Hood College, Frederick, Md. MMI Tip-Off Tournament
Fri Nov 08
6:00 PM
Albertus Magnus
vs. Lynchburg
@ Hood College MMI Tip-Off Tournament
Sat Nov 09
TBA
Lynchburg
vs. TBA
@ Hood College, Frederick, Md. MMI Tip-Off Tournament
Wed Nov 13
7:30 PM
Lynchburg
at N.C. Wesleyan
Sat Nov 16
6:00 PM
Pfeiffer
vs. Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 2
Sun Nov 17
3:00 PM
Methodist
vs. Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 4
Fri Nov 22
TBA
Mary Washington
vs. Lynchburg
@ Newport News, VA CNU Classic
Sat Nov 23
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Christopher Newport Classic -- Game 2
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
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No Event
No Event
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Sun Nov 10
12:00 PM
Meredith
vs. Lynchburg
Tue Nov 12
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Averett
Fri Nov 15
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Emory
Emory Holiday Inn Tip Off Classic
Sat Nov 16
2:00 PM
Colorado Col.
vs. Lynchburg
@ Emory University, Atlanta, 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
No Event
No Event
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Sat Sep 07
Final
0 Maryville (Tenn.)
1 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Sun Sep 08
Final
0 Regent
10 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Wed Sep 11
Final
2 No. 16 Mary Washington
0 vs. Lynchburg
Fri Sep 13
Final
1 No. 13 Oglethorpe
2 vs. Lynchburg
Wed Sep 18
Final - 2OT
0 Lynchburg
0 at Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 21
Final
0 Lynchburg
1 at Catholic
Wed Sep 25
Final - 2OT
0 No. 13 Washington and Lee
0 vs. Lynchburg
Non-conference match
Sat Sep 28
Final - 2OT
0 Lynchburg
0 at Roanoke
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
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Va. Wesleyan
Tue Oct 29
7:00 PM
Guilford
vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night
Fri Nov 01
TBA
TBA
vs. Lynchburg
ODAC Tournament -- First Round
Sun Nov 03
TBA
TBA
vs. Lynchburg
ODAC Tournament -- Quarterfinal
Sat Nov 09
TBA
TBA
vs. Lynchburg
ODAC Tournament -- Semifinal
Sun Nov 10
TBA
TBA
vs. Lynchburg
ODAC Tournament -- Championship
No Event
No Event
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Sat Sep 07
Final
1 Maryville (Tenn.)
2 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 1
Sun Sep 08
Final
0 Kalamazoo
3 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 3
Sat Sep 14
Final - 2OT
2 No. 19 Lynchburg
3 at Emory
Sun Sep 15
Final
1 No. 19 Lynchburg
0 at Piedmont
Wed Sep 25
Final - 2OT
1 No. 23 Lynchburg
1 at No. 2 Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 28
Final
0 No. 23 Lynchburg
3 at Washington and Lee
Note time change
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
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at No. 15 Randolph-Macon
Moved from Oct. 23
Sun Oct 27
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Shenandoah
Wed Oct 30
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Guilford
Sat Nov 02
1:00 PM
Va. Wesleyan
vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night | CODE RED Match
Wed Nov 06
TBA
TBD
vs. Lynchburg
@ High Seed ODAC Tournament -- Quarterfinal
Sat Nov 09
TBA
TBD
vs. Lynchburg
@ Highest Seed ODAC Tournament -- Semifinal
Sun Nov 10
TBA
TBD
vs. Lynchburg
@ Highest Seed ODAC Tournament -- Championship
No Event
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