Lancers claim Radford Series with 8-2 ​​victory in rubber game

FARMVILLE, Va. — Senior third baseman Korynna Anderson went 4-for-4 with a run scored and three runs batted in to help the Longwood softball team to an 8-2 victory over Radford at Lancer Field on Sunday.

Anderson got the big blow in the Lancers’ five-run sixth inning when she singled down the left field line, scoring classmates Kayley DeVivi And Lauren Taylor for the final margin. Entering that frame with just one lead at 3-2, Longwood (16-28, 9-6 Big South) loaded the bases with one out on singles by Avery Drake And Peyton Coleman followed by a walk to Emily Vinson.

Taylor then singled off the outstretched glove of Radford second baseman Cassi Barbato to score Drake, who moved Vinson to second base and Coleman to third base. DeVivi was then hit by a pitch from Abby Peace, forcing a run for 5-2. Peace induced a bases-loaded walk Sophia Klop to make it 6-2 before Anderson’s two-run single.

The Lancers are deploying the right-handed sophomore Maggie Chapin to a 3-0 lead through three innings with the help of a solo homer to center field from Knock – her team-leading ninth of the season – and RBI singles from Coleman and Anderson.

“So proud of our team and our seniors,” said the Longwood head coach Dr. Megan Brown. “They have shown so much heart, fight, grit and grace in their time at Longwood. They embody the values ​​of Longwood and Longwood softball. I feel so blessed. As a coach, I couldn’t ask for better players or young women than our entire team .”

Chapin, who improved to 14-14 on the season, limited Radford (20-22, 5-10) to three hits, an earned run and a walk over four innings. She also struck out one before handing the ball to the lefty freshman Cierra Gawryluk, who pitched steady over the final three innings and fanned three to earn her second save. Gawryluk scattered four hits, one earned run and walked none.

Radford found its way back into the game with single runs in the fourth and fifth inning respectively. Abby Bossler hit a sacrifice fly to left in the fourth to score Kari Shedrick, and Shedrick singled to right in the fifth to score Emily Smith.

Morgan Cooper (5-10) earned the start in the circle for the Highlanders and lasted three innings. She gave up three runs (two earned), four hits and two walks, while fanning three.

The Lancers defeated Radford 11-7 that day. Drake and Coleman also each produced multi-hit games, and Taylor, Anderson, Coleman and Drake stole bases.

Barbato finished 2-for-4 to lead the Radford offense.

Before the game, the Lancers honored their six graduating seniors: Rileigh De Weese, Lauren VosAnderson, Coleman, DeVivi and Taylor.

The Lancers conclude their home game Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Liberty at Lancers Field before traveling to No. 3 Duke on Wednesday at 4 p.m.