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Julia Mardigan
Julia Mardigan had another walk off winner.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Splits Doubleheader

In the final day of the North Georgia Leadoff Classic, the Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team earned a split with a one-run win in game one but a 6-0 loss to No. 1 North Georgia in the finale. For the second straight day, Julia Mardigian had a walk off as her base hit in the bottom of the 7th gave the Bears the win over Lake Erie, 3-2.

Against Lake Erie, Lauren Rakes’ speed got the Bears on the board in the second inning. She singled and stole second before moving to third. Rakes and Madison Primm pulled off a double steal to give the Bears a 1-0 edge. Lake Erie went up 2-1 in the fifth with a solo homer and a RBI triple but LR came right back to even it in the bottom of the inning. Mardigian hit a sac fly to score Erin Lookabill to even it at two. Faith Carrigan started the bottom of the 7th with a walk. Primm would run for Carrigan and steal second with two outs. Mardigian would single to right and Primm scored the game-winning run. LR had five hits as a team. Brooklin Heavner earned the win with a complete game. She allowed two runs on six hits while striking out five and walking no one.

Kristen Davis was the star of game two as UNG’s starter had a no-hitter going with two outs in the sixth inning before Lani Warren broke up the no-no bid. Rakes had a pinch hit base hit in the seventh inning but those would be the only two hits allowed by the UNG staff. Davis did allow six walks in her six innings but no runs thanks to just the lone single. Warren reached all three times with a single and two walks. Carrigan also walked twice.

The Bears stole five bases in game one. LR has gone three of the last four games without hitting a home run. The Bears entered the day with just 13 stolen bases as a team this season but are up to 18 as five different players stole a base against Lake Erie. This wraps up a stretch of eight straight games away from Hickory for LR.  This marked the first matchup between Lenoir-Rhyne and Lake Erie. LR will have six straight at home this week.

Bears are 9-3 on the season and will return to action on Tuesday when they host Lees-McRae at 2 p.m.