The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (37-10) swept a doubleheader from Augusta State (28-10), 4-0 and 6-0, Tuesday afternoon at Jaguar Field. With the sweep, the Bears increased their winning streak to eight and are
now 15-1 in their last 16 games. L-R senior Dawon Millwood (Hixson, Tenn.) threw her 12th shutout of the season while freshman outfielder Brittany Coursen (Virginia Beach, Va.) and junior pinch hitter Megan Laxton (Taylorsville, N.C.) each hit a home run to lead the Bears to the win.
Millwood improved to 24-5 on the season after limiting the Jaguars to just two hits to go along with three strikeouts.
L-R opened the scoring with sophomore third baseman Haily Jarman's (Wadesboro, N.C.) RBI double in the first inning before Coursen connected on a solo home run in the second.
The contest remained 2-0 until Laxton's pinch-hit, two-run home run with one out in the top of the seventh inning.
Augusta State's Emily Headrick (Rock Face, Ga.) fell to 14-3 on the year after suffering the loss on the mound for the Jaguars.
In the second game, senior Lauren Harris (Yadkinville, N.C.) pitched a four-hit shutout and improved to 7-2 on the season as the Bears completed the doubleheader sweep of the Jaguars. Augusta State's Heather Hughes (Tallahassee, Fla.) (9-5) suffered the loss.
On offense, senior second baseman Carlee Carpenter (Newton, N.C.) and senior catcher Sarah Atkins (Newport News, Va.) each drove in a pair of runs to lead the Bears.
Atkins connected on RBI singles in the first and third innings, respectively, for Lenoir-Rhyne before the Bears broke the contest open with a three-run fourth highlighted by Carpenter's two-run single.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play on Friday when it hosts Brevard in a doubleheader at Bears Field beginning at 1:00 p.m. Augusta State, meanwhile, faces USC Aiken on the road Thursday in a doubleheader at 4:00 p.m.
Bears Baseball Rained Out
The Lenoir-Rhyne and Winston-Salem State baseball game on Tuesday night has been postponed due to inclement weather. The contest was scheduled to be played at Rich Park. The two teams will meet on Tuesday, April 10, at Bears Field.