Softball drops both ends of doubleheader at LR

HICKORY, NC -- Lenoir-Rhyne College swept a South Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader from visiting Catawba on Wednesday afternoon at Bears Field. The Bears won by the scores of 4-2 and 10-0. Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 31-14 overall and 6-4 in the SAC, while the Lady Indians fall to 25-26 and 5-7. Catawba led 1-0 in the opener through four innings, getting a leadoff double in the fourth by Jessica Rivera (Key West, FL) and a sacrifice fly from Katie Phelps (Prince Frederick, MD). The Bears took the lead in the fifth as Karen Reames (Laurens, SC) beat out an infield single that scored two to give L-R the 2-1 lead. The Bears added two more runs in the sixth on RBI hits from Misty Bingham (Tega Cay, SC) and Casey Ledford (Newton, NC) before the Indians scored on an L-R throwing error in the top of the seventh which made it a 4-2 final. Alex Kreske (Miami, FL) went the distance on the mound for the Bears, allowing one earned run and striking out four en route to the win. Catawba's Lindsay Ettinger (Pasadena, MD) suffered the loss, allowing two earned runs on six hits. Liz Corbett (Severn, MD) had two hits for Catawba. Lenoir-Rhyne jumped ahead with three runs in the top of the first inning of game two and never looked back, cruising to the win in four and a half innings. The Bears plated three more in the third inning, including a run-scoring double from Brandi Mueller's (La Porte, TX) to make it 6-0. Mueller (two-for-two, three runs scored and three RBI) would follow with a two-run double in the Bears' four-run fourth inning. Chrissy Lunsford (Tyrone, GA) added a pair of RBI for Lenoir-Rhyne in the second contest while Kreske allowed one hit and struck out four in five innings to improve to 17-5 on the year. Shannon Handy (Advance, NC) took the loss for Catawba. Ashlee Rhoades (China Grove, NC) had the lone Lady Indian hit. #####

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