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Cassidy Wall
Cassidy Wall went a combined four-for-five with two runs scored and three RBI.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Sweeps West Liberty

The No. 25 Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team swept a Sunday doubleheader over winless West Liberty at Bears Field to run their win streak to five games. The Bears used three long balls to win the first game 9-5, and rode the right arm of Madison Wilson in game two to a 2-1 win. The Bears completed comeback wins in each of the two contests.

In game one, West Liberty put up two runs in the first inning against LR starter Brooklin Heavner. The Bears answered with a solo shot from Cassidy Wall that hit off the top of the fence and bounced over in the bottom of the second.

LR pulled even in the third with a solo shot by Katelyn Rackard and then took a 4-2 edge on Lauren Jackson’s 2-RBI base hit to left center. Balee Grace hit a 2-run bomb off the scoreboard to pull West Liberty even in the fourth in Cassidy Leidy went back-to-back with Grace to give West Liberty the lead and chased Heavner.

Lauren Rakes would enter out of the bullpen and move to 6-3 by throwing 3.1 shutout innings with seven strikeouts. A sac fly by Lora Beth Wood tied the game in the bottom of the fourth and LR would take the lead for good on Lani Warren’s 2-run bomb to dead center.

Julia Mardigian drove in the game’s final two runs with a double to right center. Rackard went 2-for-3 with three runs and a walk out of the leadoff spot. Wall came just a triple shy of the cycle.

In game two, it was a pitchers duel in the second inning with the Hilltoppers jumping up 1-0 in the top of the third on an RBI base hit. It stayed 1-0 until Wall drove in Warren and Kaylee Chapman with a 2-RBI single to right field.

Wilson did the rest, tossing a complete game, 3-hitter. The freshman struck out 10 and didn’t allow an extra base hit. Wall and Wilson each stole a base in the win.

LR only managed four hits but did enough to get the win.

Rakes earned her 52nd career win to move into a tie for ninth place in program history. With her seven strikeouts, Rakes moved into fourth place in program history with 675 career strikeouts. She needs 54 more to pass Audrey Kreske for third in program history.

Wood knocked in her 100th career run and LR only struck out once in game one of the doubleheader.

Shena Hollar moves 10 wins shy of 1,000 for her career. The Bears are now 7-2 all-time against West Liberty.

The last time these two programs met in Hickory came back in March of 2001. LR has scored 51 runs in the nine games against West Liberty in matchup history.

Lenoir-Rhyne is now 19-5 overall. The Bears return to action on Tuesday when they host Erskine at 2 p.m. in non-conference action.