A Graleigh Hildebran bases loaded walk in the 12th inning gave the Bears their third extra inning win of the season as the Bears sweep visiting Emory & Henry on Thursday afternoon. Lauren Rakes threw all twelve innings in the circle in game one, tying a career high with 17 strikeouts as Rakes picked up win number 15 on the year in the Bears 8-7 win. In game two, Morgan Beeler threw a complete game two hit shutout while striking out 12 Wasps as L-R won 2-0.
In game one, Lauren Rakes retired the first nine Wasps but Emory & Henry got on the board in the fourth with an infield single, walk then a three-run homerun from shortstop Lyoia Taylor. After leaving four runners on base in the first three innings, the Bears finally broke through with three runs of their own in the bottom of the 4th. Kendall Osborne had a RBI single and Katelyn Rackard had a two-run single to tie it at three but the Bears left the bases loaded in the inning.
The score remain tied as the game headed to extra innings. Both team went scoreless in the 8th and 10th and score one run in the 9th and 11th but it was the 12th before the Bears finished the game.
After the Wasps score one in the top of the 12th, the Bears got a back to back singles to tie then loaded the bases for Hildebran, who walked on the 8th pitch from Avery Adkins to gave the Bears the 7-6 win. Both Adkins and Rakes went the distance in the circle for each team. Rakes (15-2) tied a career high with 17 strikeouts in her career high 12 innings only allowing the three earned runs and six hits in the complete game.
The Bears left a season high 18 runners on base in the contest. LR stole a season high six bases including a pair from Hannah Jennings and Rackard.
In game two, LR got a pair of runs in the first inning with a RBI single by Julia Mardigian. Mardigian then scored later on a wild pitch. The two runs were all Beeler needed, the Junior went the distance allowing just two hit and striking out 12. It was Beeler’s second double digit strikeout performance of the year.
Savannah Moorefield had her 17th multi-hit game of the season while also collecting her 19th stolen base of the season. It was the Bears 10th shutout victory of the season.
This was the first ever match up for future conference foes. Emory & Henry will officially join the SAC Conference on July 1, 2022.
Moorefield extended her hitting streak to 15 games and now have reached base in all 39 games this year. She is two runs shy of hitting the 200 mark. She will be only the second player in program history to achieve that.
Rakes is now tied for fifth in program history for most strikeouts in a single season with 219. Rakes threw her 300rd career inning and Beeler threw her 250th career inning. The duo has thrown 560 of 628 innings in the circle since they came on campus in 2020.
Game one was Osborne’s second three hit game of the season and her fifth multi-hit game.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 30-9. The Bears will host No. 12 Lincoln Memorial for a doubleheader on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 P.M.