April 4, 2012

Lynchburg Softball Splits with No.15 Bridgewater

For immediate release – 4/4/2012 - #332
Lynchburg Softball Splits with No.15 Bridgewater

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Lynchburg College softball team split with No.15 Bridgewater College on Wednesday afternoon in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play. Lynchburg won the first game 3-2 and fell in the second 6-2.

In the opener, the Eagles got on the scoreboard in the top of the second with a solo home run from catcher Sarah Heretick. Starting pitcher Heather Jenkins helped her own cause with a homer to centerfield in the fourth to make the score 2-0 Bridgewater.  The Hornets threatened in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases with two outs. Jenkins worked out of the jam however, and also left a Hornet stranded at third base in the fifth. Lynchburg again had a scoring chance in the sixth, advancing runners to second and third with two outs, but Jenkins struck out the next Hornet to keep her shutout bid alive.

Sophomore Melanie Tenney led off the seventh with a walk and freshman Jessi Hall followed with a double.  Taylor Walker grounded out to score Tenney and cut the lead to 2-1, but Hall was thrown out on the base-paths. Jenkins struck out the next batter and the Hornets were down to their last out. Freshman Amber Sulter ended the game with a two-run, two-out blast over the left center field fence off the Eagle ace to provide the Hornets' fourth-straight win in their final at bat. The game-winning home run was Sulter's first long ball of the season.

Freshman Hope Johnson scatted seven hits and one walk with five strikeouts to earn the victory. Tenney reached base four times with two hits and two walks and Sulter also had two hits. Ann Komara had two hits for Bridgewater.

BC scored one in the top of the first inning of the nightcap. Freshman Brooke Sigrist made the first hit of her collegiate career a big one, belting a two-run double in the second to give Lynchburg a 2-1 edge. Sigrist finished the day 2-3 at the plate.

Bridgewater though added two runs in the fifth and another three in the seventh inning to close out the Hornets 6-2.

Freshman Kaitlyn Morris got the start for the Hornets and gave up five runs in the game.

Melanie Lamb had four RBI in the second game to lead the Eagles (20-4/4-2 ODAC) while Aven Thomas got the win, pitching the complete game.

The Hornets (15-13/6-2 ODAC) are off for the next week and a half until they travel to Randolph-Macon College next Saturday for an ODAC doubleheader at 1:30 p.m.