The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball team opened SAC play today with a sweep of host Coker. In game one, the Bears saw Lauren Rakes strike out a career high twelve Cobras to earn the win in the circle. In game two, the Bears got a two-run home run from Lora Beth Wood to help the Bears win 9-3.
In game one, Rakes got the Bears going with a two-run double in the top of the 1st to help her self out as Rakes started in the circle as well for the Bears. LR added a run in the third, when Kendall Osborne was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded then Rakes walked with the bases loaded in the 4th to gave the Bears the 4-0 lead.
Coker’s Jena Dewalt got the Cobra’s first hit with a single to left in the bottom of the 5th off Rakes but she worked out of trouble to keep the Cobras off the scoreboard.
Rakes had a career-high 12 strikeouts in her first complete game, giving up one run in the 7th inning. Twelve strikeouts is the most for a LR pitcher since Rakes struck out ten at Augusta 366 days ago. Offensively, Savannah Moorefield went 4-for-4 with two runs scored. Moorefield and Kylee Leonhardt scored the four runs for the Bears. This was the 4th career game of at least four hits for senior Moorefield in game one. Leonahardt extended her hitting streak to seven games and now has hits in 21 of 25 games dating back to last year.
In game two, LR scored three runs in the top of the first, highlighted by RBI singles by Talon LaClair and Osborne. This was LaClair’s third four hit game in game two. After the Cobras scored a run in the bottom of the first, the Bears added two unearned runs in the top of the 2nd of the bat of Wood. In Wood’s next at-bat, she drilled a two-run home run to left to extend the Bears lead to 7-1, which was the first colligate long ball for the sophomore.
LaClair four run scored was the most since Moorefield scored four time on March 1 of last year.
Rakes extended her hitting streak to eleven games with a two-run double in the 5th to give the Bears a 9-1 lead. LaClair went 4-4 on the game with four run scoreds.
LR will travel to play a three-game series with #5 Young Harris this weekend. Game one is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday.