In the opening game, the Lenoir-Rhyne’s Softball Team fell in a 1-0 10-inning thriller. Tusculum’s Emily Sappington threw a no-hitter for the Pioneers as they came away with the win. In the nightcap, Morgan Beeler threw a complete game shutout and Hannah Jennings clubbed a two-run home run to help the Bears earn the spilt with a 3-0 win.
Pitchers were the story in game one as Tusculum’s Emily Sappington threw her second career no-hitter in the 10-inning game. Sappington did not walk a hitter and stuck out nine Bears. Lora Beth Wood reached first after getting hit by a pitch in the fifth and was the Bears’ only base runner.
Lauren Rakes (6-4) started in the circle and threw all ten innings for the Bears. Rakes only allowed one unearned run in the 10th. Rakes stuck out five on the afternoon.
LR had a chance to win it in the ninth inning without a hit but the Pioneers threw out Leanna Sherrill at home with a perfect relay from left to end the inning.
The Pioneers scored in the 10th inning with a SAC bunt from Anna Alloway then a single from Alexis Grampp to score Mya Maddux for the only run in the game.
Sappington opened game two with two hitless innings before Kendall Osborne laced a single up the middle to open the third for the first hit of the day.
LR finally broke through in the fourth with a two-out triple by Savanah Moorefield to drive in Osborne to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.
Hannah Jennings gave the Bears their insurance runs with her first career homerun, a two-run shot to left-center.
Morgan Beeler (6-0) went the distance for her first shutout of the season. Beeler scattered six hits in the complete game while tying a career-high with eight strikeouts.
Moorefield and Jennings had two hits apiece on the afternoon.
The last time these teams played an extra-inning game was in the SAC Tournament on April 27, 2017. Sarah Kenley hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth for the Bears to advance.
Moorefield entered the game two runs shy of 150 career runs.
Rakes ten inning complete game was her longest complete game as a Bear.
Jennings has at least two hits in five of her last eight games. Jennings is hitting .478 during that span.
LR moves to 90-20 since 2015 when they hit at least one home run in the game.
The Bears are 16-8 overall and 12-6 in the SAC. LR will finish their eight-game homestand with a double-header against Belmont Abbey Tuesday at 3:00 PM.