BRISTOL, TN -- The Lincoln Memorial University softball team traveled to King College on Thursday afternoon to take on the Lady Tornado for a non conference doubleheader, taking a split on the day. The Lady Railsplitters were overpowered in the opening game, suffering a five-inning 11-1 loss, but responded by taking a 4-2 victory in the nightcap. LMU moves to 11-22 following the split, while the Lady Tornado jump to 14-10 on the season.
Game One- King-11
Lincoln Memorial-1 (5 innings)
The Lady Tornado pounded out 11 hits and 11 runs, while Hannah Light (4-0) tossed a complete game on the rubber, limiting the Lady Railsplitters to five hits in one run over five innings. Brianna Mulkey led the offense for the Lady Railsplitters with her 2-3 performance as she notched the only RBI in the game.
After a scoreless first frame, King College broke onto the board with a four-run bulge in the bottom of the second. The Lady Tornado notched four hits and took advantage of a Lady Railsplitter miscue in the rally. Fallon Thomas' two-RBI single highlighted that frame as the Lady Tornado rolled out to a 4-0 lead.
The Lady Railsplitters were held scoreless in the top of the third and King College pulled away in the bottom of that inning with another rally, as they poured on three runs.
LMU saw their best scoring opportunity fall by the waste side in the top of the fourth, as Brianna Mulkey led off with a single and was caught stealing two batters later. LMU recorded two more hits in that frame but Hannah Light kept the Lady Railsplitters off the board as the score remained at 7-0 in King's favor.
Four more runs on four hits and another Lady Railsplitter error pushed the Tornado out to an 11-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. LMU rallied for a single run in the top of the fifth as they attempted to fight off the run-rule. Krisha Mahan was hit by a pitch with one out and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Kristen Dutton singled to move her to third and Mulkey drove her home with another single. A groundout ended the rally as the Lady Railsplitters fell 11-1 in the opening contest.
Game Two- Lincoln Memorial-4
Meghan LaFevor (6-10) was solid on the mound as she provided a complete game, allowing only four hits and two runs. The Lady Railsplitters pounded seven hits in the contest, highlighted by two hits apiece from Cierra Mudd and Krisha Mahan.
After a scoreless first inning, the Lady Railsplitters rallied for a run in the top of the second stanza. Cierra Mudd led off with a single and Danae Reed walked to put runners on first and second with no outs. After a fielder's choice kept runners at first and second, Krisha Mahan singled to load the bases, LMU forced a run on the board with a fielding error from the Lady Tornado to take a 1-0 lead.
LMU took control of the contest with a three-run bulge in the top of the third inning. Cierra Mudd sent the first run of that inning home with a one-out double that sent Kelly Dreier home, who reached on a leadoff single. Mudd scored in the next at-bat as she advanced on the throw from a fielder's choice. Sarah Walz drove in the final run with an RBI single later in the frame as the Lady Railsplitters ran out to a 4-0 lead.
King College was held off of the scoreboard until the bottom of the fifth, where they rallied for two runs. Christina Melcher's two-RBI triple highlighted that frame as the Lady Tornado cut the deficit to two runs.
That would be all the support LaFevor needed as she dazzled in the closing innings, limiting the Lady Tornado to only two hits in the last two innings and led the Lady Railsplitters to a 4-2 victory.
LMU will return to South Atlantic Conference play this weekend as they host Catawba College for a two-game set at Dorothy Neely Field. Game one is set for a 1 p.m. start on March 24th.
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