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Julia Mardigan
Julia Mardigan went a combined three-for-nine with two runs scored and seven RBI.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Picks Up Two Wins Against Young Harris

The No. 20 Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team moved head coach Shena Hollar to 996 career wins with a sweep of Young Harris on Tuesday afternoon, winning game one 4-3 and game two, 13-3. Faith Carrigan got the win in game one and tossed seven scoreless innings in the doubleheader as the Bears moved their winning streak to 11 straight.

In game one, Adda Prescott started the scoring in the second inning when her double to left field scored Madison Primm. Young Harris took a 2-1 lead with a pair in the third inning but the Bears had an answer in their half of the fourth.

Katelyn Rackard grounded out to score Primm and even the game at 2. Julia Mardigian blew the game open with a 2-RBI double to left which plated a pair and put the Bears up for good. YHC got a solo homer in the fourth but couldn’t plate the tying run.

Neither team scored after the fourth inning. Carrigan relieved Madison Wilson and tossed four scoreless innings with eight strikeouts. She allowed just three hits.

Primm was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and Prescott was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Rackard and Kaylee Chapman stole bases in the win.

In game two, it would be Young Harris who struck first in the night cap with a bases loaded hit by pitch in the third. However, the Bears erupted for five runs in the top of the fourth on three hits. LR drew three walks and were hit by a pitch in the frame.

Kaylan Brown had an RBI single and Mardigian came through with another clutch extra base hit. With the bases loaded, Mardigian lined a double to left center to clear the bases and make it 4-1. Mardigian would come around to score on a single from Lani Warren as it was 5-1 Bears.

After Lauren Rakes got the first out in the bottom of the fourth, three straight batters reached to make it 5-2. With one out and runners at second and third, Rakes struck out back-to-back hitters to end the threat. In the 7th, LR exploded for eight runs on seven hits. Mardigian’s third RBI double of the day, this one scored two, made it 9-3. Prescott, Cassidy Wall and Chapman would drive in runs in the inning.

Carrigan entered for Rakes in the bottom of the sixth with the Bears up 5-3. She threw two more scoreless innings. Rakes earned the win with five innings and six strikeouts.

Hollar’s 996 all-time wins pull her within striking distance of 1,000 for her career. Hollar would become the eighth active coach in NCAA Division II with 1,000 career wins. This was the first road game after a stretch of eight straight at home. LR is now 5-2 on the road for the year. LR was held without a home run in both games. This was just the third DH of the year that LR failed to hit a long ball. The last loss by LR was on Feb. 28 in a 3-1 defeat to Francis Marion.

Carrigan’s final line was seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts. Mardigian drove in five runs in game two. One shy of her career high of six which she did against Limestone last year. Mardigian already has 14 doubles on the year, three shy of entering the top 10 for a single season.

LR is 25-5 on the season. The Bears return home for a doubleheader with Coker on Saturday, First pitch is set for 2 p.m.