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Softball Posts Convincing Victory Over #12 LMU; Day splits

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Hickory, North Carolina– After the Lenoir-Rhyne softball team allowed five runs in the top of the 7th to fall 6-2 in Game 1, the Bears scored seven runs through the first two innings and then used a Savannah Moorefield inside the park grand slam to convincingly beat No. 12 Lincoln Memorial 13-3 in the nightcap. The match ended in the sixth inning via the mercy rule. Cassidy wall went 4-4 and Lauren Rakes added three RBI.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Game 1 final: No. 12 Lincoln Memorial 6, Lenoir-Rhyne 2
Game 2 final: Lenoir-Rhyne 13, No. 12 Lincoln Memorial 3 (6 Inn.)
Recordings: Lincoln Memorial (32-8, 15-3 CAS), Lenoir-Rhyne (31-10, 14-4 CAS)
Location: Bears Field I Hickory, North Carolina

FIRST GAME STATS:

  • The Railsplitters struck first with a run in the 3rd but Hannah Jennings hit a two-run homer in the bottom half to give the Bears a 2-1 lead.
  • The match stayed that way until the 7th, when LMU got five runs in the final set to give them the 6-2 victory.
  • LMU loaded the bases with one out when Emma Webb gave the Railsplitters the lead with a two-run RBI single, then McKenzie Henry gave them insurance with a three-run homer.
  • Rakes suffered the loss in the circle but retired 14 in the afternoon while LMU’s Emma Frost won her 18th game in the circle for the Railsplitters.
  • LR had been 101-3 since 2015 as they led after six innings before LMU returned.

SECOND GAME STATS:

  • The Bears jumped over the Railsplitters with a five-pointer in the first and a pair of points in the second to give them a 7-0 lead after two. The Bears had nine hits in the first inning, including a pair of Rakes, which had three RBIs in the first two frames.
  • After a scoreless third inning, each team added a single run in the 4th and 5th but LMU scored another in the top of the 6th.
  • The Bears then put the game aside in the bottom half. After a Lora Beth Bois double and single bunt for Kendall Osborne and Catherine Rackard; he bought Moorefield at the plateau with the bases loaded. Moorefield then laced a ball to the left field line which LMU’s Madison Henry drove for, but the ball fell and bounced past Henry to the fence as Moorefield circled the bases for an inside grand slam of the park.
  • Morgan Beeler had ten strikeouts in his full game, making the first time in his career that Beeler had double-digit strikeouts in consecutive games. Beeler goes 14-5 this season after allowing just three runs on five hits.
  • Wall went 4-4 with two runs and two RBIs as the Bears’ first four batters went 11-16 with 9 runs scored and 8 RBIs in the contest.

BEYOND THE SCORE BOX:

  • The Railsplitters have played 170 games since their last game at Hickory. The last time LMU made the trip here was April 2, 2018.
  • Moorefield extended his hitting streak to 17 games after posting a record 22-game hitting streak earlier this season.
  • Moorefield has also reached base in all 41 games this season.
  • With her run scored in the first inning of Game 2, Moorefield became the second person in program history to score 200 runs.
  • Frost and Rakes entered the SAC top three today in ERA, Wins, Innings pitched and Strikeouts.
  • The Bears go 2-3 this season against ranked opponents.
  • The ranked home win was the first since beating No. 1 Young Harris on 29/02/20 also on a start from Moorefield.
  • The Bears remain in third place in SAC, one game behind LMU for second and two games behind Anderson.

NEXT: Bears will host Lander for a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday. The first pitch is at 3:00 p.m.