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Katelyn Rackard
Katelyn Rackard went a combined four-for-nine batting with three runs scored and four RBI in the two games.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Sweeps Home Softball Doubleheader Over Newberry

Lenoir-Rhyne softball swept a doubleheader at home against Newberry Saturday, winning game one 6-3 and winning game two, 5-2.

In game one, LR pitcher Lauren Rakes got off to a rough start. After giving up a home run on the second pitch of the game, she got the next two batters out on swinging strike outs. However, she issued a walk and then had another home run giving the visitors and early 3-0 lead. After issuing another walk, she gave up a double. However, she struck out the next batter looking to end the threat. (3H, 2BB)

From there, Rakes was nearly unflappable. She gave up six more hits, and walked only one more, while striking out 11 to pick up the tough complete game win.

Offensively, LR took a bit to get going as well. After only getting a single in the first and third inning each, the Bears offense opened up in the fourth. With one away, Lora Beth Wood singled, and Madison Primm followed with a single. Rakes was walked to load the bases. Lauren Jackson then got the bat on the ball for a soft roller that no one was able to play, allowing a run to score. Kaylee Chapman would reach base on a fielders choice as Newberry got the force out at home. But Julia Mardigian, the reigning South Atlantic Conference player of the week hit a singe, allowing Rakes to score. Katelyn Rackard singled, scoring two, but she was caught in a rundown between first and second as the Bears ended the fourth inning with four runs, on four hits and an error.

In the bottom of the fifth with one away, Cassidy Wall singled. Wood was walked and Primm hit an RBI single to right field. After Primm was caught stealing for the first time this season, Rakes was walked. Chapman hit an RBI single, as the Bears played another run, for the eventual 6-3 win.

In game two, the Wolves struck first again. After back-to-back singles, a fly out moved a runner to third, and came home with the third single of the game. However, Bears starter Madison Wilson settled down in the circle to get the final two outs of the inning without any further damage.

The Bears picked up the lead in the second inning. With one out, Primm hit a solo home run to left field. Rakes followed up as the next batter with another home run, this time to right field.

LR plated two more in the fourth. Rakes would draw an inning opening walk and that would force a pitching change. Wilson singled on the first pitch, putting runners on first and second. One out later, Mardigian fouled out to right field, but it allowed Rakes to tag from second to third. She scored when Wilson stole second and the third was errant. Wilson wound up on third. Rackard doubled scoring Wilson.

Despite allowing a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning, Madison Wilson threw her own gem. She went <all seven innings, allowing eight hits and two runs while walking none and striking out three.

The Bears are 36-10 overall, 13-5 in South Atlantic Conference play. The Bears travel to Tusculum on Monday for a conference doubleheader.