April 16, 2014

Hornets use Long Ball to Sweep Wasps

For immediate release – 4/16/2014 - #325
Hornets use Long Ball to Sweep Wasps

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Lynchburg College softball team picked up two Old Dominion Athletic Conference wins Wednesday afternoon, sweeping Emory & Henry College 6-1 and 3-0 from Aubrey Moon Field.

Lynchburg controlled the first game as Hope Johnson shut down the Wasp offense. The junior hurler sat down the first 14 batters she faced before allowing a single to Hannah Bays in the fifth inning. It was the only hit Johnson would allow.

Melanie Tenney got Lynchburg on the board in the bottom of the first with a deep drive that cleared the wall in center for a 1-0 lead. It was her first homer since March 16. Lynchburg got another run in the third as Kayla St. John doubled down the right field line to plate Danielle Powell.

Lynchburg went to the long ball to pull away from the Wasps. Jessi Hall led off the fifth with a walk before a sacrifice bunt moved Hall into scoring position. Seeing that the third baseman was covering the bunt, Hall outran her to the empty bag. The Wasps were one out away from getting out of the jam when Powell laced an RBI single to right. St. John then turned on a pitch, sending it to a similar spot as Tenney's homer for the 5-0 lead.

Amber Ingram belted the Hornets' third homer of the game in the sixth to make the score 6-0. Ingram finished 3-for-3 from the dish in game one.

Johnson (8-5) finished with one hit allowed in five innings of work while striking out two and not allowing a walk.  

The Hornets were the beneficiaries of an unearned run to take the lead in the fifth inning of game two. Taylor Walker pinch hit for Lynchburg and singled to right-center field to bring up Hall, the leadoff hitter for the Hornets. Hall laid down a great sacrifice bunt and nearly beat it out to advance Nicole Shipp, who ran for Walker, to second base.

The first baseman tried to make a play at second to get out Shipp for a double play, but the ball sailed into left-center field, allowing the speedster to come all the way around to score.

Tenney added an insurance run for the Hornets in the bottom of the sixth inning with her second homer of the day and sixth of the season, this one going out to left-center, to make the score 2-0. The Hornets added another run later in the frame as Powell raced home on a passed ball.

Amber Ingram (13-3) went the distance for the Hornets in game two, scattering three hits over seven innings while striking out seven.

Brandy Bryant (8-5) allowed three runs, one earned, in game two to keep Emory & Henry (21-11/7-9) in the contest.

Lynchburg (25-11/13-5) travels to Sweet Briar College (4-19/0-14) for an ODAC doubleheader Thursday at 3:30 p.m.