The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball team dropped a pair of non-conference home games to visiting Belmont Abbey on Tuesday. LR lost 7-3 and then 4-1 in the twin bill as Kylee Leonhardt hit her 38th career homerun in the nightcap.
In game one, LR got on the board first with solo runs in the first and second. In the first, Lora Beth Wood drove in Savannah Moorefield with a RBI single. The following inning, Moorefield drove in Cherise Cowoski who tripled the at-bat before. It was her first career triple.
The Crusaders struck for a pair of three run innings after the Bears jumped out to a 2-0 lead. A three-run third and fifth gave Belmont Abbey a 6-2 lead. Crusaders Payton Whitley hit her fourth homerun of the season to extend their lead to 7-2 in the sixth.
Bears scored an unearned run in the 7th but Belmont Abbey came away with the 7-3 win.
McKayla Watts (2-4) took the loss in the circle for the Bears, giving up three runs in two innings of work.
Moorefield finish the game 3-4 with a double, rbi and run scored. It was was her 60th career multi-hit game.
In game two, a three run third inning for the second straight game for Belmont Abbey gave the Crusaders a 3-0 lead with a two-out, two-run single by Morgan Smith being the big hit in the inning. The Crusaders added on with an unearned run in the 5th to give them a 4-0 lead.
Morgan Beeler (6-1) suffered her first loss of the year in the circle. Beeler went the complete game allowing four runs.
Bears avoided the shutout with a Leonhardt homerun with two-outs in the bottom of the seventh.
LR left ten runners on base including the bases loaded twice.
Hannah Jennings went 2-3 on the afternoon for her 6th multi hit game in her last ten games.
This is the first time Belmont Abbey has swept the Bears in doubleheader. The Bears fall to 4-4 in non-conference matchups this year.
Lenoir-Rhyne drops to 16-10 on the season. The Bears will travel to #4 Lincoln Memorial on Friday for a SAC Showdown