MARS HILL, NC -- The Lady Railsplitters traveled to Mars Hill College on Tuesday afternoon for a South Atlantic Conference battle with the Lions and took a split on the road. Two LMU miscues in the final inning gave the Lions a 3-2 come from behind victory in the opener, but the Lady Railsplitters responded by shutting out Mars Hill, 4-0, in the finale. Lincoln Memorial University moves to 4-7 in the South Atlantic Conference and 13-23 overall. The Lions even out their
record at 5-5 in the conference and 20-16 overall.
Game One- Mars Hill-3
The Lady Railsplitters jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the Lions rallied to tie the game, eventually winning in the seventh on consecutive errors from LMU.
Taylor Hussey (7-5) picked up the win for the Lions after tossing an inning in relief, allowing only one hit and no runs. Taylor Morris was strong in her start for Mars Hill as she pitched six innings allowing only four hits and two runs.
Meghan LaFevor (7-11) was saddled with the loss despite a strong outing in which she threw six innings and allowed only three earned runs.
No hitter on either team notched more than one hit in the contest as the Lions outhit the Lady Railsplitters 7-5 in the affair.
After a perfect first frame from both pitchers, the Lady Railsplitters broke onto the board in the top of the second with a leadoff homerun from Amanda Snow over the left-center wall. That would be all the damage in that inning as LMU snagged an early 1-0 advantage. The Lady Railsplitters plated another run in the top of the third as Bridget Eicher singled home Meghan LaFevor, who led off with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt.
Trailing 2-0, the Lions cut into the Lady Railsplitters' lead in the bottom of the fourth. Back-to-back walks issued to Robyn Stanek and Natalie Haithcox led to an RBI-single from Shaundee Woosley to make it a 2-1 contest. LMU was held scoreless in the top of the fifth despite a leadoff walk and the Lions responded by tying the game in the bottom of that frame on Stanek's RBI-single. She scored Ashley McCurry who led off with a single.
In the top of the sixth, the Lady Railsplitters found themselves with runners on first and second with one out following a hit batter and a single by Sarah Walz. A fly out and a ground ended the rally as the Lions kept the contest at a 2-2 tie.
The Lady Railsplitters held tough in the bottom of the sixth and rallied to put runners on first and second with two outs in the top of the seventh. The Lions forced a ground out to cut that rally short and went in to the bottom of the seventh.
In that frame, Sarah Kruysman led off with a single and Ashley McCurry reached on a throwing error in the next at-bat to put runners on the corner. The game was ended abruptly as the Lady Railsplitters made another error in Megan Arrington's at-bat to give the Lions a 3-2 walkoff win.
Game Two- Lincoln Memorial-4
The Lady Railsplitters took an early lead and never looked back as Amanda Snow and Meghan LaFevor combined to shutout the Lions to take a 4-0 victory in the nightcap.
Amanda Snow (5-6) picked up the win after throwing five innings and allowing only six hits and no runs. Meghan LaFevor came on in relief and tossed two innings, surrendering only one hit over that span.
Taylor Hussey (7-6) suffered the loss in the start as she posted four inning, gave up ten hits and four runs.
The Lady Railsplitters won the hit battle by a margin of 11-7 in the finale, led by Brianna Mulkey's 3-4 performance in the lead off spot. Bridget Eicher went 2-4 on the day with a couple of RBIs and Amanda Snow picked up two RBIs on a hit.
LMU took little time in getting on the board in game two as they struck in the top of the first. Brianna Mulkey led off with a bunt-single and quickly stole second. A sacrifice bunt moved Mulkey to third where she was driven in by Amanda Snow's two-run blast, her second of the day. That put LMU on top 2-0 after one frame.
The Lions threatened in the bottom of the first by putting runners on second and third with one out, but Amanda Snow held strong by forcing a ground out and a pop out to keep the score at 2-0. Mars Hill found themselves with that same scenario in the bottom of the second and Snow held sway once again by notching a strikeout and a pop up to retain the lead.
After an inconsequential third inning, the Lady Railsplitters extended their lead in the top of the fourth. Cierra Mudd led off that frame with a single and Jordyn Wilson followed with another single. Another single from Brianna Mulkey loaded the bases two batters later and Bridget Eicher took advantage by blasting a two-out two-run double to put LMU on top, 4-0.
The Lions threatened in every inning down the stretch as they put a runner in scoring position in three of the final four innings. However, the Lady Railsplitters' defense held as LMU snagged a 4-0 victory in the second game.
LMU will be back in action on March 29th when they head to University of the Cumberlands for a non conference battle with the Patriots. The first of two contests is set to start at 3 p.m.
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