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Lauren Rakes
In game one of the doubleheader, Lauren Rakes picked up the win in the circle while striking out 10, but also hit a pair of home runs.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Sweeps Lincoln Memorial

Lauren Rakes and Lani Warren each hit two homeruns on the day as LR swept Lincoln Memorial via mercy rule in both games. Warren finished game two 3-3 with 2 homeruns and 7 RBIs. Rakes and Madison Wilson picked up wins in the circle as the Bears hit five home runs on the day. Bears came into the day 6th in NCAA Division II in homeruns.

In game one, Rakes was the story of the game again just like on Friday, Rakes hit two home runs and also picked up the win in the circle. Rakes hit a two run homerun in the 3rd and a solo shot in the 5th inning.

Katelyn Rackard had a pair of RBI doubles in her three hit, three RBI day. Her second double in the 5th inning ended the game via the mercy rule as LR takes game one 9-1.

The Bears pounded out thirteen hits including six extra base hits. Rakes struck out ten and only allowed one earned run for win number 16.

In game two, Warren got the Bears on the board early with her first homerun a three-run shot in the bottom of the 1st. After the teams traded a run, Julia Mardigian had a RBI double then Warren two batters later hit her second home run of the day, a grand slam. Warren finished 3-3 with 7 RBIs. Madison Primm then connected on a three-run home run of her own later in the inning.

Faith Carrigan give up a run in the 5th but the Bears had a 12-2 lead to finish the game via mercy rule for the second time. Wilson threw the first three innings to get the win allowing just one run.

LMU knocked the Bears out of the SAC Tournament here in Hickory last year. The Bears have only won 3 of their last 10 against LMU. LR remained No. 18 in this weeks NFCA Division II Top 25, third straight week at No. 18. Anderson comes to town on Saturday and is currently 11-1 in the SAC. Rakes moves to third all-time in strikeouts passing Audrey Kreske with her 10 K’s today.

Rakes moves into 5th place all-time in homerun in program history with her 36th career long ball. Talon LaClair had 10 RBIs in a game against LMU last year. Rakes has 11 homeruns this season on just 65 at-bats. The Bears as a team has hit 59 home runs.

The Bears are 33-9 overall, 10-4 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will host Anderson on Saturday. First-pitch is schedule for 1:00 PM.