March 14, 2013

Hornet Softball Sweeps #12 CNU

For immediate release – 3/14/2013 - #297
Hornet Softball Sweeps #12 CNU

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The Lynchburg College softball team scored a pair of huge non-conference wins Thursday, sweeping 12th-ranked Christopher Newport University 7-4 and 7-5.

The Hornets trailed 3-0 after three innings in the opener, but scored twice in the sixth and four times in the seventh to rally for the victory. Down 3-1, Danielle Powell led off the sixth with a double and Amber Ingram followed with a two-run blast to left center to tie the score at three all. Sarah Munsch homered in the home half of the sixth to put the Captains back ahead 4-3.

Two outs were recorded in the seventh before LC's Nicole Riley and Melanie Tenney hit infield singles. Powell singled to plate Riley and tie the score, and Ingram drilled a three-run home run to right field to end the scoring.

Ingram was a perfect 4-4 in the opener with two home runs and six RBI. Powell had three hits and scored twice – as the two sluggers combined for seven of Lynchburg's nine hits for the game. Elizabeth Fioretti recorded her fourth win of the season, tossing 3.1 innings of relief, allowing three hits and one earned run. Chelsea Mitchell was 3-3 for the Captains.

Ingram did her damage in the circle in the nightcap, earning the win after scattering nine hits and five earned runs, three in the bottom of the seventh.

Riley hit her first collegiate home run in the first, and Michaela Munday doubled later in the frame to drive in two. CNU scored twice in the bottom of the first to cut the lead to 3-2, but LC answered with three more runs in the third. Riley, Tenney and Powell each singled to load the bases and Ingram hit a sacrifice fly to score Riley. A wild pitch sent Tenney home and Kacey Clary singled to plate Powell. LC scored an insurance run in the fourth on another wild pitch and survived the late Captain rally.

Powell was 3-4 in the second game, recording six hits in the doubleheader. Tenney and Riley each had two hits, while Meagan Jones was 3-4 for CNU.

The Hornets (11-4) open Old Dominion Athletic Conference play Sunday at Shenandoah University. The first pitch of the twin-bill is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.