For the first time since the calendar flipped to April, the Lenoir-Rhyne Softball took the field as they dropped a pair of games at #7 Lincoln Memorial. Lora Beth Wood had four hits in the doubleheader and Kylee Leonhardt hit her 39th career homerun. The Bears lost game one 12-2 and game two, 8-3.
In game one, Lincoln Memorial scored the first 11 runs and opened a double-digit lead after three innings.
The Bears got on the board with a Lauren Rakes two-run single in the 4th for the Bears only runs. Morgan Beeler (6-2) took the loss going 3 1/3 innings allowing four earned runs.
Lora Beth Wood got on base in all three trips to the plate in the contest. Wood went 2-2 with a walk.
In game two, the Bears got an early lead two batters into the game with a Kylee Leonhardt two-run home run, it was Leonhardt’s 10th homerun of the season. Leonhardt has hit double digit home runs three times in her career.
Lincoln Memorial then went on to score the next eight runs in the first three innings.
Taylor Beard got an run back with a RBI single in the 4th.
Lauren Rakes (6-5) threw the complete game for the Bears allowing all eight runs but held the Railsplitters scoreless the last three innings. Wood had two more hits in game two to lead the Bears.
Bears will finish their SAC part of the schedule with six games in the next five days.
Lincoln Memorial with the sweep moves to 19-0 at home this year and have 27 straight wins at home dating back to last year.
After finishing 2-1 last year against ranked opponents this was the Bears first games against a ranked opponent this year.
Savannah Moorefield had a hit in each game and is 3 hits shy of 200 for her career.
Lenoir-Rhyne drops to 16-12 overall, 12-8 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will host Carson-Newman on Saturday for a doubleheader starting at 2:00 PM.