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Lora Beth Wood and Lauren Rakes
Lora Beth Wood (L) and Lauren Rakes (R) both played pivotal roles in today's contest.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Season Ends in Final Four

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball team saw their historic season come to the end in the National Semifinal as the Bears fell to No. 2 Texas-Tyler 5-2 on Wednesday afternoon. The Bears made their first ever appearance at the Division II Softball Championship in 2024. LR won their first ever World Series game in program history and the Bears finished 2-2 on the week, finishing in the final four.

UT-Tyler struck first with a pair of runs in the first before adding a run in second and another pair in the fourth. The Bears finally broke through with a two-out, two-run double by Lauren Rakes in the sixth to cut the lead to 5-2.

However that was all the offense for LR against Christin Haygood who allowed two hits in the complete game win. Conversely, the Bears used all three pitchers in this game as Madison Wilson got the start, Faith Carrigan came in relief for 2 2/3 innings as Rakes come in to finish the game.

Rakes got her 830rd career strikeout mark today. At the plate, Rakes and Katelyn Rackard each hit .333 this week to lead the Bears. LR did not get any singles in this game as both hits were doubles. The Bears did not hit a home run but they also did not give up a home run in the four games this week.

Lenoir-Rhyne played the top four seeds in this World Series. No. 1 Auburn University-Montgomery, No. 2 Texas-Tyler, No. 3 Wilmington (Del.) and No. 4 Indy. LR did not play against any seeds lower then four.

The 52 wins is tied for second most in a single season for the Bears. Lenoir-Rhyne finished the season with a record of 52-18, in the 25th year of head coach Shena Hollar.

{Information provided by Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics}