Women’s Softball Out of ODAC’s, But Not Done Yet

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Senior third baseman Taylor Mabry runs into home base with her team awaiting her arrival in their win against Emory & Henry College in the ODAC tournament in Salem, Va. on Saturday, April 27, 2019.  Photo retrieved from the Lynchburg Sports Website and taken by a member of the Lynchburg Hornets Sports Network (LHSN) staff.

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On Sunday, April 28, 2019, the  number 20 nationally-ranked University of Lynchburg softball team was defeated by the number one nationally-ranked Virginia Wesleyan University team in the semifinals of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament for the championship title.  Although the team lost by a final score of three to seven and did not receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III national tournament, the Lady Hornets still have a possibility to make it.

The Lady Hornets, who have 32 wins and 12 losses on the season, must now wait until Monday, May 1, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. to find out if they received a bid into the NCAA Division III national tournament following debate by the NCAA Division III tournament selection committee.  

“The team did not go down without a fight on Sunday,” said senior pitcher Taylor Belknap.

The team started out strong with senior first baseman Mackenzie Chitwood’s home run that lead to two runs being scored. This was her seventeenth home run of the season, tying the single season program record set in 2006.

When the Virginia Wesleyan University team began to make a comeback, the Lady Hornets fought back. Sophomore pitcher Kayley Cox retried eight Virginia Wesleyan University batters, and sophomore right fielder Kortney Leazer battled her way to second base to leadoff the fourth inning for the Lady Hornets. Unfortunately, the Lady Hornets ended up being short in the end.

Chitwood remarked, “We are not done yet. We have worked so hard to get to this point, and we know that we can do great things in the tournament.  We have a strong culture that will lead us far into the tournament, and we just hope we get a chance to show it.”

To see the fate of your Lady Hornets, please tune into the NCAA Division III softball tournament selection show on Monday, May 1, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.  

 


Women’s Track and Field Wins Another ODAC Title

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On Saturday, April 20, 2019, the women’s track and field program won their second-straight Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) outdoor title. The team scored a total of 222 points, which was 76 points ahead of the second-place team, Bridgewater College. This ODAC title is also following their ODAC title for indoor track and field on Sunday, Feb. 24, of this year. There, the team ended with an overall score of 176 points, which was 44 points ahead of the second-place team, Bridgewater College.

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Erika McLeod, LHSN’s Newest Addition

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For the 2018-2019 school year, Erika McLeod has served as the assistant director for Lynchburg Hornets Sports Network (LHSN).

McLeod stated, “I direct the In Game Promotions and Fan Engagement; within this entity I handle the sports marketing by going out and connecting with local businesses and offer them an opportunity to sponsor our sporting events. I provide the entertainment during half time by hosting a contests for fans to participate in. I also host the Daily Buzz on Tuesdays, and have been the emcee for different campus events such as the Lynchburg Talent Show, the Faculty and Staff Holiday Party, and others. I produce feature stories that air on the Daily Buzz.”

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More Track & Field in the Record Books

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2019 University of Lynchburg Softball Senior Class posing for a photo.  From left to right in the photo stands Brittany Coffey, Taylor Mabry, MacKenzie Chitwood, and Taylor Belknap.  Photo retrieved from the Lynchburg Sports Website and taken by a member of the Lynchburg Sports Network Staff.

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On Monday, April. 15, 2019, the 19th ranked University of Lynchburg softball team competed in their final home game matches of the regular season. On this senior day, the team competed in two back-to-back games against Eastern Mennonite University, another Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) team.  The seniors celebrated during this match from the Lady Hornet side were pitcher Taylor Belknap, infielder Taylor Mabry, infielder MacKenzie Chitwood, and catcher Brittany Coffey. The team defeated Eastern Mennonite University in both games by a score of 8 to 3 in the first game and a score of 7 to 2 in the second game.  The seniors really come out with intensity in these games and played a big part of their team win. Chitwood got four hits, scoring two home runs, and Mabry scored three times on the day.

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UofL Track & Field to Championships

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After a stellar weekend at the College of William and Mary’s Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va., the University of Lynchburg men’s and women’s track and field program is looking with high spirits at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championships. The ODAC Championships will be held at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va., on Fri., April 19, and Sat., April 20. But, before getting too antsy to compete in the Championships, the team is looking to make some final touches at the Randolph WildCat Invitational at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va.

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UofL Volleyball in Offseason

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After ending their season in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) quarterfinals tournament, with a defeat against Bridgewater College by a score of 1 to 3 on Oct. 31, 2018, the volleyball team has been working hard during their offseason to make a statement in the ODACs next year. Last season, the Lady Hornets team graduated two seniors, right side hitter, Hailey Bauer, and outside/right side hitter, Sydney Jamison.  

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More Track & Field in the Record Books

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On Friday, March 15, 2019 and Saturday, March 16, 2019, the men’s and women’s track and field programs competed in the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  In total, the programs set nine new records within the top 10 all-time leaderboard as well as a few top marks, according to the current marks in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).  

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