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Katelyn Rackard
Katelyn Rackard went a combined six-for-eight batting with a run scored and three RBI.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Takes Two From Virginia-Wise

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball team rebounded to sweep UVA-Wise on Friday afternoon. After the Bears dropped a pair to Catawba on Tuesday, the Bears used two homeruns from Lauren Rakes to beat UVA-Wise 8-4 in game one as Rakes picked up her 11th victory in the circle as well. In the night cap, Madison Wilson spun a two-hit shutout as the Bears blow out the Cavs 9-0. This is the 20th time the Bears have won 30 games in the Hollar Era.

The Bears have won six straight against the Cavaliers. Eight of the first ten games in this series, were played in Hickory. This is only the second trip to Wise for the Bears. Julia Mardigian already has posted a top 7 season in double as Mardigian has 17 doubles this season. Mardigian was named to the Tucci/NFCA Player of the Year watchlist earlier this week.

In game one, all nine starters had hits in this one including three by Mardigian. Addy Prescott got the Bears on the board with a RBI double in the second then Prescott went back to back with Rakes to give the Bears a 8-2 lead. Rakes also hit a solo homerun in the 4th inning before going back to back with Prescott in the 5th.
Rakes also picks up her 11th in the circle as Rakes stuck out 7 while allowing four runs. Prescott and Rakes went 4-8 with 3 homeruns and 5 RBIs combined.

In game two, Wilson allowed just two singles as Wilson picks up the complete game shutout with six strikeouts. The win was Wilson’s 9th of the year in the circle. Katelyn Rackard and Lani Wilson each had three hits while Wilson, Cassidy Wall and Lauren Jackson had two RBIs. Jackson’s two RBI came from her two-run homerun in the 5th to extended the lead to 9-0. The Bears scored three times in the first inning, twice in the fourth then Jackson’s homerun helped the Bears scored four times in the fifth.

Rakes’ two homeruns moves her to sixth all-time with 34 career homeruns. Wall and Jackson extend their hit streak to five games each. Lani Wilson now had five three-hit games this season while Rackard has three. Bears now have 54 homeruns this season after four more in this game.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 31-9 overall, 8-4 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will host Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday. First pitch from Bears Field is at 2pm.