College Softball Finals: Guilford 5–3, Lynchburg 12–2

GREENSBORO, N.C.—Guilford College and Lynchburg College split a Saturday afternoon Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) doubleheader with the Hornets taking game one, 12-5, and the Quakers winning the nightcap, 3-2. Lynchburg came into the week ranked 13th in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III Top 25 Poll.

Sarah Cutright put the Quakers on the board first in game two with a RBI single to left field to take the early lead. Guilford would add to their lead in the fourth when Autumn Yoder doubled to drive in the Quakers’ second run. Emily VanHaneghan drove Yoder home on the next at-bat with a RBI single. Lynchburg’s Cassie Phillips notched her third RBI of the day in the top of the fifth inning on a solo home run to right center. The Hornets threatened in the second when Nicole Riley doubled to right center to cut Guilford’s lead to one before the Quakers retired the Hornets.

Maggie Shaffer (4-4) took the complete game win, striking out four and allowing just five hits. Amber Ingram (3-2) took the loss for Lynchburg throwing three and a third innings surrendering one earned run on five hits. Elizabeth Fioretti relieved Ingram in the fourth, throwing two-thirds of an inning. Phillips threw the final two innings for the Hornets.

Lynchburg (25-6, 10-2 ODAC) jumped on the Quakers in game one with a five-run first inning where Phillips drove in a team-leading two runs off a single up the middle. Amber Ingram, Michela Munday, and Kacey Clary all added a RBI a piece in the inning. The Quakers countered in the bottom of the second when Brittany Donathan (Archdale, N.C./Trinity) singled up the middle to help her own pitching cause. With the bases still loaded, Ashley Boteler drove a grand slam into right center field to tie the game, 5-5. Lynchburg answered with two three-run innings in the fifth and in the seventh. Amy Breeson, Riley, and Melanie Tenney all drove in one run a piece in the rally, all on RBI singles. Danielle Powell added to the late-game rally with a RBI double.

Donathan (4-2) took the loss, surrendering three earned runs in six and two thirds innings. Donathan relieved game one starter Casey Snead with one out in the first inning. Hope Johnson (12-1) took the complete game win for Lynchburg.

The Quakers (17-13, 3-9 ODAC) return to Haworth Field tomorrow to face Emory & Henry College at 2 p.m. for Guilford’s final regular season home game.

Game 1

               1  2  3  4  5  6  7   R   H  E
   Lynchburg   5  0  1  0  3  0  3  12  12  1
   Guilford    0  5  0  0  0  0  0   5  10  6

Win – Johnson (12-1). Loss – Donathan (4-2). Save – None.
Umpires –
Start: 2:30 pm Time: 1:55 Attendance: 180
Weather: sunny, 70
Game notes:
Old Dominion Athletic Conference game

Game 2

               1  2  3  4  5  6  7  R  H  E
   Lynchburg   0  0  0  0  1  0  1  2  5  1
   Guilford    0  0  1  2  0  0  X  3  9  2

Win – Shaffer (4-4). Loss – Ingram (3-2). Save – None.
Umpires –
Start: 4:50 pm Time: 1:50 Attendance: 180
Weather: sunny, 70
Game notes:
Old Dominion Athletic Conference game
Fioretti faced 1 batter in the 5th.