After the Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team gave up five runs in the top of the 7th to fall 6-2 in game one, the Bears scored seven runs in the first two innings then used a Savannah Moorefield inside the park grand slam to beat No.12 Lincoln Memorial in convincing fashion 13-3 in the nightcap. The second game ended in the sixth inning via the mercy rule. Cassidy Wall went 4-4 and Lauren Rakes added three RBIs.
In game one, the Railsplitters struck first with a run in the 3rd but Hannah Jennings hit a two-run home run in the bottom half to give the Bears an early 2-1 lead. The game stayed that way until the 7th, when LMU put up a five-spot in the last inning to give them the 6-2 win.
LMU loaded the bases with one out when Emma Webb gave the Railsplitters the lead with a two-run RBI single then McKenzie Henry gave them the insurance with a three-run home run. Rakes took the loss in the circle but did strike out 14 on the afternoon while LMU’s Emma Frost won her 18th game in the circle for the Railsplitters.
LR had been 101-3 since 2015 when leading after six innings prior to LMU’s comeback.
In game two, the Bears jumped on the Railsplitters with a five-spot of their own in the first and a pair of runs in the second to give them a 7-0 lead after two. Bears had nine hits in the first innings, including a pair from Rakes, who had three RBIs in the first two frames.
After a scoreless third inning, each team added a single run in the 4th and 5th but LMU scored another one in the top of the 6th. The Bears then put the game away in the bottom half. After a Lora Beth Wood double and bunt singles for Kendall Osborne and Katelyn Rackard, Moorefield came to the plate with the bases loaded. Moorefield then laced a ball down the left field line that LMU’s Madison Henry drove for but the ball fell and bounced past Henry to the fence as Moorefield circled the bases for an inside-the-park grand slam.
Morgan Beeler had ten strikeouts in her complete game, making the first time in her career Beeler had double-digit strikeouts in back-to-back games. Beeler moves to 14-5 on the season after allowing just three runs on five hits.
Wall went 4-4 with two runs and two RBIs as the Bears’ first four hitters went 11-16 with 9 runs scored and 8 RBIs in the contest.
The Railsplitters have played 170 games since they last played in Hickory. The last time LMU made the trip here was April 2, 2018.
Moorefield extended her hitting streak to 17 games after having a program record 22 game hitting streak earlier this season. She has also reached base in all 41 games this season. With her run scored in the first inning of game two, Moorefield become just the second person in program history to have scored 200 runs.
Both Frost and Rakes entered the games in the top three in the SAC in ERA, Wins, Innings pitched and Strikeouts.
Bears move to 2-3 on the season against ranked opponents. The ranked win at home was the first since beating No. 1 Young Harris on 2/29/20 also on a walk-off from Moorefield.
Bears remain in third place in the SAC, one game behind LMU for second and two games behind Anderson.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 31-10 overall, 14-4 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will host Lander for a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday. First pitch is at 3:00 PM.