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Julia Mardigan
Julia Mardigan had two RBI in game one of the super regionals, which ties her for the single season record with 64 RBIs.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Drops Opener of Super Regionals

With the score 3-3 in the third inning, North Georgia went on a scored eight runs in the next three innings to defeat the Lenoir-Rhyne softball team, 11-3 in five innings in the first game of the Southeast Regional. Julia Mardigian had two RBIs to tie the single season record with 64 RBIs. The Bears will have to win both games Wednesday to advance to the NCAA Division II Softball Championship.

Cassidy Wall got the Bears on the board with a two-out RBI double in the top of the 1st. North Georgia took their first lead in the bottom half with a two-run homerun from Marycille Brumby. Mardigian then give the Bears the lead right back in the second with a two-out two-run single up the middle. After the Nightwarks tied it at three in the bottom of the second, Bears had the bases loaded in the third but a great play by Nighthakws pitcher Kristen Davis to knock down Madison Wilson line drive to keep the game tied at three.

It was all Nighthawks after that with a five spot in the third and three run spot in the fifth to end the game via the mercy rule 11-3. Lauren Rakes took the loss allowing six runs in 2 1/3 innings while Faith Carrigan came in relief allowing five runs (three earned) in also 2 1/3 innings.

After getting only five hits in the first two games in a regular season matchup with North Georgia, LR had seven hits in five innings in this contest. However no one had a more than one hit for the Bears in this contest. Rylie Moody had three hits for North Georgia as the Nighthawks had 12 hits.

This was the first Super Regional Game since 2011 for the Bears and sixth all-time as all six have been in Dahlonega, Ga. North Georgia won the 2023 National Champion and looking to get to their fourth straight NCAA Championship.

Mardigian also has the most hits in a single season and is two hits away from 100 this year.

Game two will be Wednesday at 12:00 PM. The Bears will have to win game two to force a game three, which will be right after game two if necessary.