Lenoir-Rhyne (6-2) and USC Aiken (6-2) split a softball doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at J.H. Satcher Field. The Pacers rallied to win the first contest, 3-2, before the Bears prevailed in the nightcap
by a 6-0 score.
Game One - USC Aiken 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 2
The Pacers' Sarah Montei (Summerville, S.C.) scored the game-winning run on an error with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning as USC Aiken rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior third baseman Haily Jarman (Wadesboro, N.C.) hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning to open the scoring.
The home run, however, was the only hit of the game for the Bears, who saw their five-game winning streak come to an end.
USC Aiken's Madison Labrador (Lexington, S.C.) hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the contest before Montei's game-winning run in the seventh.
The Pacers' India Kornegay (Eufaula, Ala.) earned the win on the mound after limiting the Bears to just one hit while striking out 15 batters in improving to 4-0 on the year.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) fell to 2-2 on the year despite allowing just two earned runs in addition to eight strikeouts.
Game Two - Lenoir-Rhyne 6, USC Aiken 0
L-R sophomore Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) improved to 4-0 after throwing a two-hit shutout. Hole also struck out eight batters as the Bears were able to salvage the split against the Pacers.
Jarman led the way again for the Bears with an RBI double in the first inning and a solo home run in the seventh.
Jarman finished with two hits, three runs scored and two runs batted in while senior outfielder Brittany Coursen (Virginia Beach, Va.) drove in a pair as well for the Bears.
USC Aiken's Taylor Morgan (Chapin, S.C.) fell to 2-2 after suffering the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Salisbury, N.C., to play in the Catawba Invitational over the weekend. L-R first faces GRU Augusta (11:00 a.m.) and Davis & Elkins (1:00 p.m.) on Saturday in the tournament. USC Aiken, meanwhile, competes in the Shaw Tournament this weekend in Raleigh, N.C., beginning on Friday against Indiana (Pa.) (5:00 p.m.) and Virginia State (7:00 p.m.).
Photo Courtesy: Brandi Hole, L-R Athletics