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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Fri Aug 30
at Liberty University Challenge
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Fri Aug 30
3:30 PM
Mary Baldwin
vs. Lynchburg
@ Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va. Route 42 Classic
Fri Aug 30
5:30 PM
Bryn Mawr
vs. Lynchburg
@ Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va. Route 42 Classic
Fri Aug 30
7:00 PM
Roanoke
vs. Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Non-conference match
Sat Aug 31
10:00 AM
Meredith
vs. Lynchburg
@ Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va. Route 42 Classic
Sat Aug 31
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Aug 31
2:00 PM
Catholic
vs. Lynchburg
@ Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va. Route 42 Classic
Sat Aug 31
3:00 PM
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
Fri Sep 06
5:00 PM
Shenandoah
vs. Lynchburg
@ Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. Gallaudet Tournament
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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
4:30 PM
Regent
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Sep 11
7:00 PM
Mary Washington
vs. Lynchburg
Fri Sep 13
7:00 PM
Oglethorpe
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Sep 18
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 21
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Catholic
Wed Sep 25
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee
vs. Lynchburg
Non-conference match
Sat Sep 28
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Roanoke
Wed Oct 02
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Non-conference match
Wed Oct 09
7:00 PM
Randolph-Macon
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Hampden-Sydney
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Sat Aug 31
3:00 PM
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
2:00 PM
Kalamazoo
vs. Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 3
Sat Sep 14
11:00 AM
Lynchburg
at Emory
Sun Sep 15
11:00 AM
Lynchburg
at Piedmont
Piedmont Invitational
Wed Sep 25
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 28
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Sat Oct 05
1:00 PM
Bridgewater (Va.)
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Oct 09
4:00 PM
Randolph
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at East. Mennonite
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