Lady Railsplitters keep the offense rolling In 10-0 and 8-2 victories over Milligan

HARROGATE, TN -- The Lady Railsplitters continued their torrid offensive stretch of softball by taking 10-0 and 8-2 victories over the Milligan College Buffaloes in nonconference action on Tuesday afternoon at Dorothy Neely Field. With the two wins, Lincoln Memorial University (9-7) pushed their winning streak to four and moved out to 7-1 over their last eight games. Milligan fell to 1-7 on the season with the two losses this afternoon.

The Lady Railsplitters are primed to get back in action this weekend, as they head to Louisville, Kentucky to compete in the Bellarmine Classic. Lincoln Memorial is set to open on February 23rd against Ashland at 11 a.m. with Bellarmine to follow at 3 p.m. On Sunday, the Lady Railsplitters will repeat that slate of action to complete play in the Bellarmine Classic.

Game One Box
Lincoln Memorial 10
Milligan 0 (5 innings)

The Lady Railsplitters opened with a four-run outburst in the bottom half of the first and scored two runs in each of the next three innings to roll to a 10-0 victory in five innings.

Samantha Smith (3-4) was spectacular on the rubber for the Lady Railsplitters, as she limited the Buffaloes to only four hits while striking out six batters in five innings of work. Her counterpart, Chancli Connatser (0-3), was saddled with the loss after surrendering five hits and six runs in two innings of work. Samantha Mahala came on in relief over the final two innings, allowing six hits and four runs over that span.

The Buffaloes opened the top half of the first inning by leading off with a single from Jessica Connatser, however, she was stranded at third base to keep the game scoreless. The Lady Railsplitters answered by posting a four-run outburst in the bottom half of that frame. Kirstin Toole sparked the rally with a one-out double, while Amanda Snow followed with a single and Sarah Walz walked to load the bases. Laura Taricano plated the first run of the ball game with a single in the next at-bat and Amanda Snow was sent home on a wild pitch during Cierra Mudd's at-bat. Mudd came through in her first plate appearance by pounding a two-run single up the middle to catapult LMU to an early 4-0 advantage.

The Lady Railsplitters added two more runs in each of the next three frames to take command of the board. Kirstin Toole notched an RBI ground out and Brianna Mulkey scored a throwing error by the Buffaloes' catcher to tally the two-run bottom half of the second.

In the bottom of the third, Kelly Dreier pounded a two-run double, while Danae Reed added a two-run single in the fourth frame, as the Lady Railsplitters stormed out to a 10-0 advantage over that span.

Starter Samantha Smith limited Milligan to only three hits over their final four plate appearances to cap a 10-0 victory in five innings for the Lady Railsplitters.

Lincoln Memorial slammed 11 hits in the game with eight different players getting in on the act. Cierra Mudd headlined that group with a three-for-three effort at the plate that included a run and two RBIs. Kelly Dreier went two-for-three in the game with a pair of RBIs and a run scored.

Lincoln Memorial 10, Milligan 0 (Feb 19, 2013 at Harrogate, TN) (Game 1)
Milligan............ 000 00 - 0 4 3 (1-6)
Lincoln Memorial.... 422 2X - 10 11 0 (8-7)
Pitchers: Milligan - Chancli Connatser; Samantha Mahala(3) and Sarah Arrowood.
Lincoln Memorial - Samantha Smith and Laura Taricano.
Win-Samantha Smith(3-4) Loss-Chancli Connatser(0-3) T-1:30 A-70
Weather: Partly Cloudy, upper 40s

Game Two Box
Lincoln Memorial 8
Milligan 2

In the finale, the Lady Railsplitters faced a 2-1 deficit after three and a half innings, however, they catapulted back into the driver's seat with a six-run outburst in the bottom half of the fourth en route to an 8-2 victory.

Samantha Smith (4-4) picked up her second win of the afternoon, as she came on in relief in the fourth inning and went the rest of the way for the Lady Railsplitters. Smith only allowed one hit in three and two-thirds innings pitched while striking out four. Amanda Snow made the start for Lincoln Memorial, notching three innings pitched in which she struck out four, allowed one run and one hit.

Megan Nicol (1-3) suffered the loss on the mound for Milligan after tossing six innings, allowing seven hits and five earned runs.

The Buffaloes got on the board to open the game, as Catherine McGinnis drove home the first run of the ball game with an RBI single in the top half of the first frame. The Lady Railsplitters countered with a run of their own in the home half of the first, as Sarah Walz popped an RBI single to right field, plating Brianna Mulkey, who lead off with a single.

The next two innings went quickly for both sides to keep the score knotted at 1-1 until the Buffaloes rallied to take the lead on a one-run top half of the fourth. Emily Biggs was responsible for that run scoring, as she notched an RBI single in that frame to propel the Buffaloes out on top, 2-1.

Milligan held the lead for only a brief span, as the Lady Railsplitters responded by plating six runs in the bottom of the fourth to effectively take command of the game. Ashley Hanes, Danae Reed and Kelly Dreier notched consecutive singles for Lincoln Memorial to lead off that frame and Brianna Mulkey plated the first run of the inning with a sacrifice fly out. Amanda Snow plated another run on a sacrifice fly out two batters later. Sarah Walz notched a single in the next at-bat to load the bases and Laura Taricano was hit by a pitch to force the third run of the frame home. Cierra Mudd came up next and drove a ball into the outfield, which was misplayed by the Buffaloes to allow all three runners to score, giving LMU a 7-2 lead.

Cierra Mudd added another run for the Lady Railsplitters with a sacrifice fly out in the bottom of the sixth and Samantha Smith shut the door in the top of the seventh to give Lincoln Memorial an 8-2 win in the night cap.

Sarah Walz spearheaded the Lady Railsplitters' seven-hit outing with a three-for-four day at the plate. Brianna Mulkey, Ashley Hanes, Danae Reed and Kelly Dreier notched the other four hits for LMU in the game.

Lincoln Memorial 8, Milligan 2 (Feb 19, 2013 at Harrogate, TN) (Game 2)
Milligan............ 100 100 0 - 2 4 1 (1-7)
Lincoln Memorial.... 100 601 X - 8 7 2 (9-7)
Pitchers: Milligan - Megan Nicol and Sarah Arrowood. Lincoln Memorial - Amanda Snow;
Kirstin Toole(4); Samantha Smith(4) and Laura Taricano.
Win-Samantha Smith(4-4) Loss-Megan Nicol(1-3) T-2:21 A-0
Weather: Partly Cloudy, upper 40s
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