March 23, 2013

#23 Hornet Softball Sweeps DH against UWM as Dawn Simmons Posts 400th win

For immediate release –3/23/2013 - #312
#23 Hornet Softball Sweeps DH against UWM as Dawn Simmons Posts 400th win

LYNCHBURG, VA – The 23rd-ranked Lynchburg College softball team swept a pair of non-conference games Saturday, 1-0 and 4-3, against the University of Mary Washington to give head coach Dawn Simmons her 400th and 401st career wins.

Hornet sophomore right-hander Hope Johnson was spectacular in the circle in the opener. She hurled a complete-game shutout, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out seven. Lynchburg got on the scoreboard in the first, as Jessi Hall and Nicole Riley led off with singles. Melanie Tenney sacrificed the runners over and Danielle Powell brought in Hall with a groundout. That would be all the offense Johnson would need, as she left an Eagle runner stranded at second in the top of the seventh to complete the shutout.

Mary Washington pitcher Hannah Otterman was the tough-luck loser, scattering five hits and two walks.

Hall led off the nightcap with a double and scored on a single from Riley. LC added to the lead in the fourth as Olivia Donahue singled to plate Amber Sulter. Hall led off the fifth inning with a single, stole second and later scored on a two-out triple from Powell.

The Eagles rallied for three runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game, with Emily Briggs providing a two-run double. The game was tied at three in the bottom of the seventh, when Hall walked with one out. Riley singled and Powell reached on an error to load the bases with two outs. Amber Ingram drew a four-pitch walk to score Hall and end the game. Hall finished 3-3 with three runs scored and Riley had two hits.

Ingram started in the circle for LC and allowed just two hits, one walk and two unearned runs in 5.1 innings. Cassie Phillips threw a perfect inning of relief to post her first victory of the season.

The wins bring Coach Simmons' career record in 15 seasons to 401-197-2. She was honored in a ceremony in between games.

The Hornets (15-4) travel to Eastern Mennonite University Sunday for an Old Dominion Athletic Conference twin-bill at 1:30 p.m.