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Julia Mardigian
Julia Mardigian went a combined five-for-seven with two runs scored and an RBI.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Splits Doubleheader with Lees-McRae

The No. 25 Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team earned a doubleheader split at Bears Field on a sunny afternoon against Conference Carolinas foe Lees-McRae. The LR offense was stymied by Lonna Addison in the opener, 3-1 but the Bears rebounded to run-rule the Bobcats in the night cap, 10-2.

Addison was the standout in the opener as she struck out 11 LR batters and allowed just a solo home run to Julia Mardigian in the sixth inning. Lauren Ritchie hit a 2-run bomb to center field to put the Bobcats up 2-0 in the sixth inning as Addison and Lauren Rakes put up five zeroes each. Mardigian erased the shutout bid with a solo shot before Addison did some work at the plate. Her solo HR in the seventh just snuck over the fence to put LMC up 3-1. The Bears had a runner on second and no one out in the seventh before Addison retired the final three batters. The play of the game came in the sixth as Lora Beth Wood came up with two outs and two runners on with the Bears trailing by one. She lined a shot to right-center but center fielder Destiny Brown made a running catch to rob Wood of extra bases. The two teams each had four hits in the game.

The Bears broke out the bats in game two as they scored in each of their five at bats. LR scored on an error in the first to take a 1-0 lead and added three runs in the second inning as Katelyn Rackard, Madison Wilson and Mardigian drove in runs. LMC added two unearned runs to make it 4-2 but the Bears would score the final six of the game. Cassidy Wall knocked in one with a sacrifice fly and Lora Beth Wood drove in a pair with a double and came around to score on an Adda Prescott base hit. Wood would walk it off in the bottom of the fifth with two outs and LR up six. Wood’s base hit plated two and invoked the mercy rule. Wood finished with 5 RBI and went 2-for-4 while Wilson went 4-for-4 with four runs scored. The Bears had 14 hits in 29 at bats.

In a tale of two games, the LR offense struck out 11 times in game one but none in the finale. The Bears scored 10 runs in game two without a home run but got the only run of the game in the opener on a long ball. Wilson added two stolen bases in game two to go with her four hits and four runs. The Bears stole five bases in the two games.

This is just the second time in Shena Hollar’s 25-year tenure that Lees-McRae earned a win. Hollar is now 24-2 all-time against Lees-McRae. This is also the first home loss to the Bobcats.
The teams have split the past two doubleheaders but LR won the first 22 in the series. LR is in the midst of a six-game home stand this week.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 10-4 overall, The Bears will return to action on Saturday when they host the Bears Bash. They take on Barton at 1 p.m. and Johnson C. Smith at 3 p.m.