No. 20 softball ousted from ODAC softball tournament

Mackenzie Chitwood high fives coach after a home run

Salem, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's softball team leapt out to an early lead but couldn't hold off top-seeded Virginia Wesleyan's late charge, falling 7-3 in loser-out action Sunday afternoon in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament.

Senior first baseman Mackenzie Chitwood (Ferrum, Va.) gave the Hornets a first-inning lead with a two-run home run down the left field line. Chitwood's homer was her 17th of the season, tying the single-season program record set by Caroline Cubbage in 2006. That mark is also the ODAC's single-season record.

Chitwood's homer brought in junior shortstop Kayla Hugate (Chesterfield, Va.), who led off the game with a walk.

Lynchburg made it a 3-0 lead in the third inning on a sacrifice fly be sophomore center fielder Haylee Wood (Goode, Va.) that scored Chitwood.

Meanwhile, Lynchburg starter Kayley Cox (Yorktown, Va.) retired the first eight Marlins she faced in order, but Virginia Wesleyan finally woke up the bats with two out in the third. Beth Ford slapped a two-out, opposite-field single, followed by a walk to Madison Glaubke. Marlins shortstop Kaylah Duplain put VWU on the board with a two-run double to right-center, cutting the score to 3-2.

Lynchburg got the leadoff hitter, sophomore right fielder Kortney Leazer (Remington, Va.), aboard in the fourth inning and bunted her to second.

VWU went to the bullpen, pulling two-time national pitcher of the year Hanna Hull into the circle. Hull retired the final 11 Lynchburg hitters in order.

The Marlins offense continued to strike. Glaubke tied the game at 3 with a single up the middle in the fifth.

VWU added four more runs in the sixth to take control of the ballgame.

Virginia Wesleyan moves into the 4 p.m. championship game with No. 4-seeded Randolph-Macon. The Marlins will need two victories over R-MC to claim their third-straight title.

Lynchburg will put its fate into the hands of the NCAA Division III tournament selection committee. The Hornets (32-12) were ranked fifth in the latest Atlantic Region rankings.

The NCAA tournament field will be announced Monday, May 6 at 1 p.m. on NCAA.com.

--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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