February 15, 2013

Softball Opens Up Season at Greensboro with Split

For immediate release – 2/15/2013 - #242
Softball Opens Up Season at Greensboro with Split

GREENSBORO, NC – The Lynchburg College softball team opened up the season at Greensboro College on Friday, and split the double-header.  Greensboro took the first game, 10-8, with Lynchburg taking number two, 9-3.

The Hornets started off the season with a bang, scoring six runs in the first inning.  Jessi Hall led off the year with a triple, and the next five batters all reached, three by singles and two by walks.  Amber Ingram had one RBI and Amber Sulter and Danielle Powell both had two RBI in the stretch. The Pride would come back in the bottom of the first, scoring three runs in the inning.  It may have been more, but Sarah Tompkins was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Nicole Shipp.

GC cut the lead to two in the third inning, with Taylor Freeman scoring the run, off a double by Reihle Kash.  LC would get the run back in next half inning, as Ingram scored off a Michaela Munday walk.  But Lynchburg would leave the bases loaded, squandering a great scoring opportunity.

However, the Pride answered back with four runs in the bottom half, and then scored another run in the fifth to take a 9-7 advantage.  Sarah Connolly crossed the plate on a Shelby Drummonds single to push the lead to 10-7 in the sixth eating.  Munday scored in the seventh off a Hall single, but the Hornets would strand two runners as the game one finished 10-8 for Greensboro.

GC outhit LC 16-8 in the first game and Hannah Pennell got the win, her first of the year.

The second game started much the same way, as Hall got a leadoff hit against Pennell.  She advanced off of a Nicole Riley single, and then scored on Powell's single.  LC loaded the bases, but could do no further damage.  In the second, Shipp reached on an error, and later scored on Powell's second RBI of the game.  The Pride would answer back in the bottom half courtesy of a Freeman homerun off of Ingram to left-center field.

Greensboro would once again score in the fourth inning.  Aided by an error and a pass ball, Jackie Nicholson reached second with no outs.  Freeman sent her to third on a sacrifice fly to right, and Nicholson crossed the plate after a single by Connolly.  GC would have the lead for only a short period of time.

In the fifth, Lynchburg scored five runs to take a commanding lead.  LC only had three RBI in the inning, one on a single by Sulter and the other on a sacrifice fly by Shipp, where Sulter scored.  Hall then recorded her third hit of the game, and Olivia Donohue touched home, before Hall was thrown out at second to end the inning.  However, the other two runs came with the help of an error and three wild pitches, as Powell and Ingram both scored off of errant pitches.

The Hornets added another run in the sixth, with Riley scoring off a hit by Sulter, which could not be corralled by the center fielder, causing the Pride to give up another unearned run.  Cassie Phillips then knocked in Hall to give LC a 9-2 lead, but that would be more than enough for Ingram as she would only give up one more run, for her first win on the season.

Powell led the Hornets with four hits and two RBI in the nightcap.

Freeman and Connolly each finished game two for the Pride (1-1) with a single and a RBI.

Lynchburg (1-1) will be off until next Friday.  The Hornets will play four games in two days at the Methodist Early Bird Tournament in Fayetteville, NC.  Their first game will be against Case Western Reserve University at 1 p.m.