No. 17 softball stays alive, earns Simmons' 600th win

Photo of head coach Dawn Simmons during a game

Virginia Beach, Va. -- Of course number 600 wouldn't come easy.

None of the milestone victories ever do.

But the University of Lynchburg softball team battled the stress of extra innings the day before, a hard-fought loss earlier Saturday and a two-hour rain delay to beat No. 13 Manhattanville, 4-1, in a loser-out NCAA tournament game, sealing the 600th-career victory for Hornets head coach Dawn Simmons.

For Simmons, who took over the softball program at her alma mater in 1999, the milestone was especially sweet because of the scenario: A win-or-go-home game in the national tournament.

She took time to reflect on the last 21 seasons as the Hornets soaked up their second victory of the Virginia Beach Regional.

"It's always been home to me," Simmons said of Lynchburg. "A lot of great players have come through the program, and I'm fortunate to have the players' and coaching staffs' help through the years."

Saturday, it was stellar pitching and defense from the Hornets that earned the win.

Sophomore right-hander Kayley Cox (Yorktown, Va.), battling a painful rib injury, went the distance, scattering four Valiants hits in the 78-pitch effort. Her lone strikeout ended the ballgame.

"Once I got out there, my adrenaline was going, and I was thinking about the game," Cox said of pitching through the painful rib injury.

Lynchburg got Cox a comfortable lead in the second inning. Sophomore center fielder Haylee Wood (Goode, Va.) started the rally with a one-out walk and stole second.

With the bases loaded, junior left fielder Carol Oberhelman (Washington Township, N.J.) slugged a ball into the left-center field gap, scoring Wood for the game's first run. Manhattanville cut down a baserunner at the plate to limit the damage, but two batters later, senior third baseman Taylor Mabry (Bassett, Va.) ripped a two-run single up the middle to make it 3-0 in Lynchburg's favor.

Senior catcher Brittany Coffey (Manassas, Va.) brought in the Hornets' fourth run when she was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

"Especially with the weather coming in, it was a big deal for us to get on top, because you didn't know what was going to happen," Oberhelman said.

Meanwhile in the circle, Cox rolled. She set down MC in order the first time through the order, but a leadoff single in the fourth broke up the perfect-game bid. She rebounded to retire the next six hitters before lightning forced the game into a delay.

When the skies cleared two hours later, Simmons stuck with the sophomore in the circle.

"I had a feeling that no matter what, she was going to be ready to go," the coach said.

Cox said the injury bothered her more after the delay.

"It made me get really tight, and it started to hurt pretty bad," she admitted, "but I was able to work through it."

She worked a perfect sixth, but the Valiants rallied in the bottom of the seventh with back-to-back singles.

After a sparkling running catch in foul ground by Oberhelman in left and a fielder's choice that brought Manhattanville to its final out, left fielder Jordyn Boyd hit an RBI single to left-center to cut the score to 4-1.

Cox locked back in to strike Sophia Chapelone out looking to end the ballgame and keep Lynchburg's season alive.

The 17th-ranked Hornets improved to 34-13 with the victory, but their road to the super-regional round remains difficult. Lynchburg will need to beat top-ranked and two-time defending national champion Virginia Wesleyan twice Sunday to advance.

Fresh off the milestone win, Simmons believes her team is up to the task.

"We're not ready to be done," she said.

First pitch Sunday at Virginia Wesleyan's Broyles Field is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Please continue to check LynchburgSports.com or email and text updates for potential scheduling changes as weather looks to be a factor through the weekend.

--LYN--

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Sat Mar 30
at McDaniel Spring Invitational, The Bridges GC, Abbottstown, Pa. -- Day 1
Sat Mar 30
at Blue & Silver Challenge
@ Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Va.
Sat Mar 30
Final
14 Lynchburg
8 at Emory & Henry
Sat Mar 30
Final
7 Lynchburg
2 at Bridgewater (Va.)
Sat Mar 30
Final - 6 innings
8 No. 6 Lynchburg
0 at Shenandoah
Sat Mar 30
Final
12 Lynchburg
13 at Shenandoah
HEADstrong Game
Sat Mar 30
Final
6 No. 6 Lynchburg
3 at Shenandoah
Sat Mar 30
Final
12 Lynchburg
5 at Emory & Henry
Sat Mar 30
Final
24 No. 20 Lynchburg
5 at Shenandoah
Sun Mar 31
t-2nd/18
at McDaniel Spring Invitational, The Bridges GC, Abbottstown, Pa. -- Day 2
Sun Mar 31
Final
4 No. 6 Lynchburg
5 at Bridgewater (Va.)
Sun Mar 31
Final
5 Lynchburg
1 at Emory & Henry
at Bristol Racquet & Fitness Club, Bristol, Tenn.
Sun Mar 31
Final
6 Lynchburg
2 at Emory & Henry
at Bristol Racquet & Fitness Club, Bristol, Tenn.
Sun Mar 31
Final
5 No. 6 Lynchburg
4 at Bridgewater (Va.)
Tue Apr 02
Final
0 Lynchburg
5 at No. 22 Washington and Lee
Tue Apr 02
Final
4 Ferrum
22 vs. Lynchburg
Wed Apr 03
Final
1 Lynchburg
8 at Guilford
Wed Apr 03
Final - 8 innings
7 Guilford
5 vs. No. 8 Lynchburg
Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day
Wed Apr 03
Final
5 No. 9 Randolph-Macon
10 vs. Lynchburg
Wed Apr 03
Final - 5 innings
1 Guilford
15 vs. No. 8 Lynchburg
Wed Apr 03
Final
10 Roanoke
11 vs. Lynchburg
Fri Apr 05
at Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate, Paradise Point GC, Camp Lejeune, N.C. -- Day 1
Fri Apr 05
at Colonial Relays
@ College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Va.
Fri Apr 05
Final
10 Roanoke
18 vs. Lynchburg
CODE RED Game
Sat Apr 06
at Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate, Paradise Point GC, Camp Lejeune, N.C. -- Day 2
Sat Apr 06
at Colonial Relays
@ College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Va.
Sat Apr 06
at IHSA Zones at University of Virginia
@ University of Virginia
Sat Apr 06
Final
6 Lynchburg
4 at Shenandoah
Sat Apr 06
Final
1 No. 2 Va. Wesleyan
0 vs. No. 8 Lynchburg
CODE RED Day | Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day
Sat Apr 06
Final
4 Ferrum
21 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Apr 06
Final
0 Lynchburg
6 at Va. Wesleyan
Sat Apr 06
Final
7 No. 2 Va. Wesleyan
2 vs. No. 8 Lynchburg
Sat Apr 06
Final
2 Lynchburg
3 at Shenandoah
Sun Apr 07
at Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate, Paradise Point GC, Camp Lejeune, N.C. -- Day 3
Tue Apr 09
Final
7 Lynchburg
2 at Randolph
Tue Apr 09
Final
6 Va. Wesleyan
4 vs. Lynchburg
Wed Apr 10
Final
12 Lynchburg
14 at Randolph-Macon
Note Date Change
Thu Apr 11
Final
1 Randolph
8 vs. Lynchburg
Senior Day
Thu Apr 11
Final
4 No. 19 Lynchburg
6 at Roanoke
Thu Apr 11
Final - 5 innings
13 No. 19 Lynchburg
0 at Roanoke
Fri Apr 12
Final
5 Lynchburg
0 at Sweet Briar
Sat Apr 13
at Randolph WildCat Invitational
@ Lynchburg, Va.
Sat Apr 13
6th/6
at ODAC Championships at Bridgewater
Sat Apr 13
Final
1 Guilford
3 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Apr 13
Final
20 No. 1 Washington and Lee
9 vs. Lynchburg
Senior Day | CODE RED Game
Sat Apr 13
Final
1 Guilford
4 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Apr 13
Final
4 Va. Wesleyan
23 vs. Lynchburg
40th Anniversary Celebration
Sun Apr 14
at Goucher Invitational, Hillendale CC, Phoenix, Md. -- Day 1
Mon Apr 15
2nd/7
at Goucher Invitational, Hillendale CC, Phoenix, Md. -- Day 2
Mon Apr 15
Final
3 East. Mennonite
8 vs. No. 19 Lynchburg
Senior Day | Moved from April 14
Mon Apr 15
Final
2 East. Mennonite
7 vs. No. 19 Lynchburg
Tue Apr 16
Final
10 Greensboro
2 vs. Lynchburg
Note time change
Wed Apr 17
Final
9 Lynchburg
0 at Shenandoah
Wed Apr 17
Final
6 Lynchburg
3 at Shenandoah
Wed Apr 17
Final
3 Lynchburg
11 at Hampden-Sydney
Wed Apr 17
Final
16 Lynchburg
0 at Randolph
Wed Apr 17
Final
19 No. 20 Lynchburg
6 at Randolph-Macon
Thu Apr 18
Final
7 Lynchburg
2 at Roanoke
Fri Apr 19
at ODAC Outdoor Championships
@ Randolph College, Lynchburg, Va.
Sat Apr 20
Women 1st/Men 3rd
at ODAC Outdoor Championships
@ Randolph College, Lynchburg, Va.
Sat Apr 20
Final
4 Bridgewater (Va.)
5 vs. Lynchburg
Senior Day
Sat Apr 20
Final - OT
9 No. 20 Lynchburg
10 at No. 18 Washington and Lee
Sat Apr 20
Final
17 Lynchburg
8 at Bridgewater (Va.)
Sat Apr 20
Final
3 Bridgewater (Va.)
2 vs. Lynchburg
Tue Apr 23
Final
3 Randolph-Macon
6 vs. Lynchburg
CODE RED Match
Tue Apr 23
Final
5 No. 22 Lynchburg
1 at Emory & Henry
Moved from April 20
Tue Apr 23
Final
13 Lynchburg
11 at No. 15 Randolph-Macon
Tue Apr 23
Final
1 No. 22 Lynchburg
3 at Emory & Henry
Moved from April 20
Wed Apr 24
Final
21 No. 20 Lynchburg
5 at Guilford
Note time change
Wed Apr 24
Final
9 Lynchburg
0 at Hollins
Rescheduled from April 13
Wed Apr 24
Final
6 Va. Wesleyan
19 vs. Lynchburg
Thu Apr 25
Final
2 Lynchburg
7 at Randolph-Macon
Fri Apr 26
Final
1 Va. Wesleyan
8 vs. Lynchburg
Senior Day | at Crosswhite Athletic Club | Note time change
Fri Apr 26
Final - 6 innings
0 Guilford
9 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Game 4 - ODAC Tournament - Field 3
Sat Apr 27
Final
5 Lynchburg
6 at Roanoke
at Kiwanis Field
Sat Apr 27
Final
12 No. 20 Lynchburg
3 vs. Emory & Henry
@ Salem, Va. Game 8 - ODAC Tournament - Field 3
Sat Apr 27
Final - 11 innings
7 Lynchburg
10 at Roanoke
at Kiwanis Field
Sat Apr 27
Final
20 Lynchburg
5 at Guilford
Sat Apr 27
Final
3 Randolph-Macon
1 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Game 11 - ODAC Tournament - Field 1
Sat Apr 27
Final
10 Hampden-Sydney
20 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
Senior Night
Sun Apr 28
at Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship, Bryan Park GC, Greensboro, N.C. -- Day 1
Sun Apr 28
Final
3 No. 20 Lynchburg
7 vs. No. 1 Va. Wesleyan
@ Salem, Va. Game 13 - ODAC Tournament - Field 1
Mon Apr 29
at Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship, Bryan Park GC, Greensboro, N.C. -- Day 2
Tue Apr 30
6th/12
at Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship, Bryan Park GC, Greensboro, N.C. -- Day 3
Tue Apr 30
Final
0 Lynchburg
5 at Hampden-Sydney
Match 3 - ODAC Quarterfinals
Tue Apr 30
Final
12 Lynchburg
6 at Greensboro
Wed May 01
at Liberty Twilight Qualifier
@ Lynchburg, Va.
Wed May 01
Final
0 Bridgewater (Va.)
5 vs. Lynchburg
Match 3 - ODAC Quarterfinals
Wed May 01
Final
12 Shenandoah
11 vs. Lynchburg
Game 1 - ODAC First Round
Fri May 03
Final - 12 innings
1 Lynchburg
2 at Roanoke
ODAC First-Round | Game 1
Sat May 04
Final
11 Hampden-Sydney
20 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
Game 4 - ODAC Semifinals | Moved from May 3 | Note location change
Sat May 04
Final
2 Randolph-Macon
5 vs. Lynchburg
@ Everett Tennis Center | Virginia Wesleyan University Match 6 - ODAC Semifinals
Sun May 05
Final
0 Lynchburg
5 vs. No. 23 Washington and Lee
@ Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center (indoor) at Old Dominion University Match 7 - ODAC Championship
Sun May 05
Final
7 No. 20 Lynchburg
8 at No. 17 Washington and Lee
Game 5 - ODAC Championship
Sun May 05
Final
11 Roanoke
3 vs. Lynchburg
ODAC First Round | Game 2
Wed May 08
Final
5 Transylvania
15 vs. No. 19 Lynchburg
NCAA Tournament -- Second Round
Fri May 10
Final - 12 innings
5 No. 13 Manhattanville
6 vs. No. 17 Lynchburg
@ Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach, Va. NCAA Tournament - Virginia Beach Regional
Sat May 11
Final
0 No. 17 Lynchburg
1 at No. 1 Va. Wesleyan
NCAA Tournament - Virginia Beach Regional
Sat May 11
Final
4 No. 17 Lynchburg
1 vs. No. 13 Manhattanville
@ Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach, Va. NCAA Tournament - Virginia Beach Regional
Sat May 11
Final
10 No. 19 Lynchburg
18 at No. 2 Salisbury
NCAA Tournament - Third Round
Sun May 12
at VCU Ram Invitational
@ Richmond, Va.
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
Mon May 13
at Swarthmore Twilight
@ Swarthmore, Pa.
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
Thu May 23
at NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships
@ Geneva, Ohio
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Sat Mar 30
Final
14 Lynchburg
8 at Emory & Henry
Sat Mar 30
Final
12 Lynchburg
5 at Emory & Henry
Wed Apr 03
Final
5 No. 9 Randolph-Macon
10 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Apr 06
Final
6 Lynchburg
4 at Shenandoah
Sat Apr 06
Final
2 Lynchburg
3 at Shenandoah
Tue Apr 09
Final
6 Va. Wesleyan
4 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Apr 13
Final
1 Guilford
3 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Apr 13
Final
1 Guilford
4 vs. Lynchburg
Tue Apr 16
Final
10 Greensboro
2 vs. Lynchburg
Note time change
Wed Apr 17
Final
3 Lynchburg
11 at Hampden-Sydney
Sat Apr 20
Final
4 Bridgewater (Va.)
5 vs. Lynchburg
Senior Day
Sat Apr 20
Final
3 Bridgewater (Va.)
2 vs. Lynchburg
Tue Apr 23
Final
13 Lynchburg
11 at No. 15 Randolph-Macon
Sat Apr 27
Final
5 Lynchburg
6 at Roanoke
at Kiwanis Field
Sat Apr 27
Final - 11 innings
7 Lynchburg
10 at Roanoke
at Kiwanis Field
Tue Apr 30
Final
12 Lynchburg
6 at Greensboro
Fri May 03
Final - 12 innings
1 Lynchburg
2 at Roanoke
ODAC First-Round | Game 1
Sun May 05
Final
11 Roanoke
3 vs. Lynchburg
ODAC First Round | Game 2
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