The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball team dropped a pair of games to Carson-Newman on Saturday, 6-4 and 2-1 in eight innings. Kylee Leonhardt hit her 40th career home run in the first game and Savannah Moorefield collected her 200th career hit in the nightcap.
In game one, the Eagles scored two in the first without a hit but Leonhardt got them back with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first. Leonhardt is the third Bear all-time to hit 40 career home runs and moved into third place with her home run.
Carson-Newman added four runs in the third with a two-run double by KariLyne Levi and a two-run home run from Katie Eakes.
Bears cut the lead in half in the 5th with a Talon LaClair Sac Fly and a Lora Beth Wood RBI double but that would do it for LR in the run column on the afternoon.
Lauren Rakes (6-6) went the complete game in the circle, allowing six runs and striking out nine Eagles. Moorefield and Rakes had two hits apiece for the Bears. With her strikeout to start game one, Rakes reached the 100 strikeout mark of the season.
In game two, the Eagles jumped ahead of the Bears for the second straight game. Carson-Newman collected three straight singles with two outs in the first to score the first run of the game.
With her infield hit to lead off the bottom of the first in game two, Moorefield collected her 200th hit.
The Bears tied the game up with a two-out RBI double by Hannah Jennings.
In the 8th inning, Carson-Newman’s Pitcher Lacie Rinus helped herself with a two-out double to give the Eagles the 2-1 lead. LR had runners on first and third with no one out in the bottom half but Rinus (7-2) struck out the next three to end the game.
Morgan Beeler (6-3) suffered her third straight loss, throwing the complete game allowing just the one earned run.
Kendall Osborne joins Moorefield, Leonhardt, and LaClair as the three Bears that have started all 30 games this year.
The losses drop L-R to 16-12 overall, 12-8 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will travel to Newberry on Monday to finish conference play.