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Cassidy Wall's home run gave the Bears the win in the first game of a doubleheader against Mars Hill.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Splits Doubleheader With Mars Hill

Down to their final out in the opener of a doubleheader, Cassidy Wall delivered a two-run home run to give the Lenoir-Rhyen softball team a 2-1 win on the road at Mars Hill. Morgan Beeler picked up her 13th win in the circle and stuck out ten Lions on the afternoon. In the nightcap, Mars Hill used a grand slam from Jessica Senn to snap an 18-game losing streak to the Bears as Mars Hill won 5-1.

In game one, Mars Hill’s Farley Park broke the scoreless tie with a leadoff homerun in the bottom of the fourth to give Mars Hill the 1-0 lead. The game remained 1-0 until two outs in the seventh when Wall delivered her fifth homerun of the year, a two-run shot to give the Bears a 2-1 lead.

That’s all Morgan Beeler needed as she set down the Lions 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh to secure her 13th win of the season. Beeler allowed five hits while striking out ten Lions.

Talon LaClair’s one-out single in the fourth and Julia Mardigian’s lead-off single in the 7th were the Bears lone hits before Wall connected on the clutch homer.

In game two, the Bears offensive slump continued in game two as they had just five singles and only scored an unearned run in the fifth inning. After the Bears took the 1-0 lead, the Lions scored a run with a walk and three hit by pitches before Senn cleared them all with a grand slam to right field to give the Lions a 5-1 lead.

Senn had the only two hits for the Lions in the night cap as Rakes (8-3) suffered the loss, giving up four runs in 4 1/3 innings in the circle for the Bears.

Lora Beth Wood’s streak of reaching base in 20 straight games snapped in game one.

Beeler took over the SAC lead in strikeouts as the senior has 114 punch outs this year so far. She also leads the conference in wins (13) and saves (4).

LaClair was the only Bears to record more then one hit as the Bears had just eight hits on the afternoon.

Mars Hill’s last win against LR came almost ten years ago on March 29, 2013. These games were originally schedule for Saturday but weather forced a postponement until Tuesday.

The Bears dropped one spot to No. 24 in this week’s NFCA National Poll.

This is Wall’s second game-winning home run in the seventh inning. Wall walked off Tusculum earlier this month with a solo homerun on the first pitch of the inning.

Lenoir-Rhyne drops to 24-6 overall, 6-4 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will travel to Coker to finish their road swing on Saturday. First pitch is schedule for 2:00 PM.