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Lauren Rakes
Lauren Rakes threw a no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader over Coker.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Rakes Earns SAC Softball Pitcher of the Week Honors Thanks to No-No

The South Atlantic Conference announced its WePlayed Sports Softball Players of the Week for games played during the seventh week of the 2024 season and Lenoir-Rhyne’s Lauren Rakes was named the Pitcher of the Week.

Rakes, a graduate student from Hamptonville, N.C., threw her third career no-hitter against Coker on Saturday, marking the 23rd no-hitter in program history for the Bears. Rakes went 2-0 on the week with 11 strikeouts in 10 innings pitched as Rakes is three strikeouts away from 700 in her career.

This is Rakes second SAC Player of the Week honor this season.

2024 SAC Softball Players of the Week

Player of the Week
Feb. 6 – Claire Smeltzer, Tusculum

Feb. 12 – Lora Beth Wood, Lenoir-Rhyne

Feb. 20 – Heaven Maness, Wingate

Feb. 27 – Madison Wilson, Lenoir-Rhyne

March 5 – Leah Grimes, Mars Hill

March 12 – Brooke Matyasovsky, Carson-Newman

March 19 – Brianna Herring, Catawba

Pitcher of the Week
Feb.6 – Chelsey Stonesifer, Limestone

Feb. 12- Hali Scott, Wingate

Feb. 20 – Lauren Rakes, Lenoir-Rhyne

Feb. 27 – Chelsey Stonesifer, Limestone

March 5 – Emma Frost, Carson-Newman

March 12 – Lex Glemaker, Newberry

March 19 – Lauren Rakes, Lenoir-Rhyne