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Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Offense Explodes In Doubleheader Sweep Of Catawba
Kylee Leonhardt hit three home runs in the doubleheader for the Bears.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Offense Explodes in Doubleheader Sweep of Catawba

Lenoir-Rhyne softball swept a doubleheader on the road at Catawba Wednesday. Kylee Leonhardt and Cassidy Wall hit back-to-back home runs twice in game one to lead the Bears to a 14-0 win. The duo went 6-for-8 in the contest with four homers and eight RBI’s. In the nightcap, Leonhardt hit her 50th career homerun and Julia Mardigian and Lauren Rakes hit back-to-back home runs in a 7-3 win as the Bears belted eight home runs on the day.

In game one, the Bears scored at least one run in all six innings, including an eight spot in the 6th. Wall and Leonhardt went back-to-back in the 3rd inning and then again in the 6th inning. The duo combined to go 6-for-8 with four home runs and eight RBIs in the game.

Rakes (13-2) dominated in the circle, striking out eight of the first nine batters she faced and 13 in the game for her fifth shutout of the season. Rakes added a solo home run for the Bears in the 5th. Wall, Leonhardt and Rakes all had three hits while the Bears had a season-high 18 hits.

In game two, Leonhardt hit her third home run of the day, a two-run shot in the top of the 3rd to gave the Bears a 2-0 lead. Leonhardt then scored again after a single, stolen base and an RBI single by Mardigian to gave the Bears a 3-0 lead.

Mardigian and Rakes then hit back-to-back home runs in the 7th to gave the Bears a 7-0 lead. Beeler moves to 11-6 and allowed only three runs, all in the 7th. She also struck out five Indians.

Rakes did have to come in to get the final out for her fourth save as the Indians had the tying run at the plate. She got Brittany Ireland to pop out to 3rd to end the game.

The Bears won the last game last year against Catawba when Lora Beth Wood hit a walk-off homerun to give the Bears a 6-4 win on 3/23/2021. Leonhardt’s third home run of the day was career home run number 50 for the senior.

Moorefield has now reached base in 35 straight games. With 50 hits this year, Moorefield entered today 6th in the Nation, six behind the lead Taylor Lambert from Pittsburg St.

The Bears entered the contest 13th in the nation in doubles with 59, led by Wall’s 15 on the season. 18 hits by the Bears in game one was the most since they had 19 against Virginia Union on 3/3/2017.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 26-9 overall, 11-3 in the South Atlantic Conference. For the first time ever, the Bears will travel to Wise, VA. to visit SAC foe UVA-Wise on Saturday. First pitch is at 2:00 P.M.