Lynchburg, Va. -- The Lynchburg College softball team battled to a doubleheader split at crosstown rival Randolph on Thursday in Old Dominion Athletic Conference play, winning the opener, 16-5, before falling by a 4-1 score in Game 2.
Junior third baseman Taylor Mabry (Bassett, Va.) hammered two home runs in the first contest and drove in six runs in a 4-for-6 day at the plate.
Sophomore shortstop Kayla Hugate (Chesterfield, Va.) enjoyed a four-hit day at the plate and collected four RBI, freshman right fielder Jordyne Vance (Lynchburg, Va.) also had four hits on the day, and sophomore left fielder Carol Oberhelman (Washington Township, N.J.) knocked two doubles and drove in three runs.
Lynchburg pounded out 21 hits in Game 1, but the bats went cold on the back end, LC managing just three knocks.
Game 1 Final: Lynchburg 16, Randolph 5
Game 2 Final: Randolph 4, Lynchburg 1
Records: Lynchburg (16-8, 2-4 ODAC), Randolph (8-12, 1-2 ODAC)
Venue: Randolph Softball Field, Randolph College, Lynchburg, Va.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Lynchburg leapt out to an early 2-0 lead on Mabry's first blast of the day, which brought senior center fielder Skylar Dickens (Virginia Beach, Va.) around to score.
After the WildCats tied the game in the second, Mabry homered again in the third inning, another two-run bomb, for a 4-2 Hornets lead.
Randolph again tied the game in the bottom half of the inning, but the Lynchburg offense exploded late. The Hornets scored six times in the fourth, highlighted by two-run single off Hugate's bat, to lead 10-4.
The Hornets erased all doubt in the seventh with another six-run outburst. Hugate delivered another two-RBI single, which Oberhelman followed with a two-run double.
Dickens finished the opener with three hits and a trio of runs scored. Mabry, senior second baseman Leslie Bourgeois (Bealeton, Va.), and Hugate also had three hits in the game; and Vance went 4-for-5 with a run scored.
Freshman right-hander Michelle Lehan (Virginia Beach, Va.) picked up her first collegiate win in relief.
The Hornets found themselves on top in the early going again in Game 2 on Mabry's first-inning sacrifice fly, which brought home junior first baseman Mackenzie Chitwood (Ferrum, Va.), who tripled.
Randolph tied the game an inning later on a first-and-third running situation and took the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Brittany Campbell stroked an RBI single. The WildCats added single insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Lynchburg was held without a hit in the final four innings of the game.
Things get no easier for Lynchburg, as the Hornets will head to No. 4-ranked Randolph-Macon for another key ODAC doubleheader on Saturday, March 31. First pitch in Ashland, Va., is scheduled for 1 p.m.