UofL Softball Crushes Home Opener

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Caitlin Dorsch ~ Copy Desk Chief

On Saturday, March 2, the University of Lynchburg softball team defeated Geneva College in a non-conference two-game sweep by a score of 5 to 0 in the seven-inning first game and by a score of 13 to 0 in the second game in only five innings.  

This marks the eleventh straight regular-season sweet by the Lynchburg team.  In their home-opener for the 2019 season, they started off hot with strong pitching by senior Taylor Belknap where she struck out seven players, allowing just two hits according to the Lynchburg Sports Website.

Senior third basemen, Taylor Mabry also crushed two home runs and had a double while she was at-bat throughout the day.  Furthermore, sophomore outfielder, Kortney Leazer hit her first-career home run in the first game.

In reaction to the sweep on Saturday, Belknap remarked, “It’s been a tough couple of weeks for us with the weather not cooperating, but thankfully we were able to play this weekend and we were all very excited to get out on our home field with our fans to support us.  We all work day-in and day-out on the little things and those little things are what we did well on Saturday.”

Leazer added that “chemistry played a huge role in our recent wins.  We’re playing at our level and, if we’re playing a team that might not be as good, it can be hard to stay upbeat and play OUR game.  I think that was an issue with us last year, but, this year, we’re maintaining our abilities a lot more and trusting one another to have our backs.”

Along with this focus on trust, comes the necessity for communication on this team.  According to Belknap, there has been much improvement regarding communication since the start of the regular season.  Belknap said, “Our improvement in communication definitely helped us when communicating about the tendencies of the opposing pitcher, calling a ball, even letting someone know how they could have a better at-bat the next time around.  We were focused on playing our own game, and we made great plays on defense. Because of these factors, we were able to come out with two wins.”

The UofL Lady Hornets team looks to add onto their hot streak at the Salisbury Invitational in Salisbury, Maryland on Saturday (March 9) against The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., on Sunday (March 10) against Cortland at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., and on Monday (March 11) at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

 


First Year Vibes: Dealing with Nostalgia

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Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

Around this time last year, I was in what I like to call the “prime” of my high school years. I was a senior in high school with only three months to go before I would graduate. I had gotten into several colleges, and my main focus was deciding if I wanted to go to a small or big school (you can guess which one I chose). I was getting to park my car in the senior parking lot, I was doing well in my classes, and I was attending scholarship banquets nearly every week. All of my hard work was finally paying off and I was getting to bask in the glory of it.

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Nerd Factor: Bothered by Strong Women

Dr. Mike Robinson ~ UL Communication Professor

Recently, the website Rotten Tomatoes closed down features of their website and pledged to control the ability of users to comment on movies before those movies were actually released.  Sadly, the reasons for this were not just common sense. No, this move was the response to an effort to ruin the success of Captain Marvel before the release by deliberately going after the film with negative comments and ratings.

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UL in History: Spring Break

Dr. Clifton W. Potter Jr. ~ UL History Professor

All during the dark cold days of January and the uncertain weather in February faculty and students alike dream of semester break and escape—either from the daily routine of preparing for classes and grading papers, or from the University of Lynchburg and Central Virginia. Some fortunate members of the faculty will be able to travel to faraway places, but most of us shall stay at home and finished midterm grades. Some students will be the lucky ones, and they easily will be distinguished by their new suntans and the bags under their eyes due to lack of sleep.  Has it always been so? The answer is a resounding no!

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College Life: 10 Things Basketball Taught Me

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Katherine Daniel ~ Editor-in-Chief

Since my high school basketball coach’s wife has been posting pictures from memories of basketball, I thought I would do an opinion piece this week on basketball. You know, I never really thought I would ever play basketball in middle school, but one of the assistant coaches, Kristine, convinced me to play. I came to my first basketball practice in 7th grade, nervous as all get out, but it was actually really fun. Our head coach, Brian, always pushed us to do our best on the court and I can never thank him and Kristine enough for making me LOVE the game of basketball and pushing me to do my best. Knowing that the girls were in the top four of states this year, was amazing, but in this article, I am going to talk about what basketball has taught me more than any classroom could ever have.

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