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Faith Carrigan
Faith Carrigan, an Alexander Central grad, pitched the final five innings allowing only one run, and she hit a two RBI double in the third inning.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Survives Wild Third Inning, Advances to Regional Championship

A wild third inning saw, Wingate scored five runs in the top half however the Bears responded for a seven run bottom as LR stormed back and took control on their way to a 9-5 win over #7 Wingate. The Bears will now face the winner of Anderson/Wingate tomorrow as the Bears will need to be beaten twice. One LR win will move the Bears to the super regional. Faith Carriagan came in relief to pick up the win allowing just one run in five innings and also drove in two runs with a double in the third inning.

As wild as the post season has been for the Bears and all their comebacks, the newest chapter was the third inning of this contest. Wingate scored five times in the top of the 3rd then the Bears countered with a seven run bottom of the their to take a 7-5 lead. The inning last over forty-five minutes of real time.

Madison Primm then added to the lead with a solo homerun to center field in the bottom of the 4th. The Bears added an insurance run in the 6th with a Julia Mardigian RBI. Faith Carrigan pitch the last five innings allowing just one run to pick up the win. Carrigan also lead-off the third inning and scored the first run of the inning and then hit the two-run double with her second at-bat of the inning.

This was the 5th matchup of the season between Wingate and the Bears. All five at Wingate. Wingate won the first two during regular season, The Bears the two in the SAC Tournament before the Bulldog win today. This was also the 6th matchup in the NCAA Regionals in the last three years. Bears were in this same spot last year but fell to Wingate twice on the final day to be eliminated.

The Bears hit their 88th home run of the season, second most in program history. Carrigan, Primm and Mardigian each had two RBIs. No one had multi-hit game as LR had just six hits in the game.

LR will face the winner of Wingate/Lander tomorrow at 1:00 PM. Bears will need to be beaten twice, if the Bears win they advance to the super regional.