The 13th-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (38-11, 16-6) split a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader with Tusculum (30-22, 14-8) Friday afternoon at Red Edmonds Field to clinch at least a
share of the league regular season title.
The Bears lost the first game of the day, 2-0, before winning the nightcap by a 3-1 score to salvage the split.
Game One - Tusculum 2, Lenoir-Rhyne 0
The Pioneers' Kelly King (Nazareth, Pa.) threw a seven-hit shutout to lead Tusculum to the win. King scattered seven hits while striking out five batters.
Tusculum scored both runs in the bottom of the first inning thanks to RBI singles from Tavi Parris (Dalton, Ga.) and Katie Brennan (Manassas, Va.).
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) fell to 19-7 on the season despite allowing just two runs to go along with nine strikeouts.
Game Two - Lenoir-Rhyne 3, Tusculum 1
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) hit the game-winning, two-run home run which broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the fifth inning and helped the Bears salvage the split against the Pioneers.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) (19-4) earned the win on the mound after limiting Tusculum to just two hits while giving up one unearned run and striking out six.
Kelly (18-11) went the distance again and took the loss despite allowing three unearned runs with six strikeouts.
Photo Courtesy: Brandi Hole, L-R Athletics