The No. 11 Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (40-5, 17-1) swept Carson-Newman (27-17, 7-11), 3-1 and 7-5, to claim the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship outright Saturday afternoon at Vicki-Kazee Hollifield Complex. LR also ran its winning streak to 14 consecutive games.
In game one, Lenoir-Rhyne junior Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 18-3 on the year and won her 14th consecutive game. Parks struck out four batters in the complete game victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman first baseman Kylee Leonhardt (Lincolnton, N.C.) opened the scoring with an RBI double in the first inning and finished with a pair of hits to lead the Bears. LR freshman outfielder Savannah Moorefield (Claudville, Va.) added a run-scoring single for the Bears.
For Carson-Newman, Katie Pritchett (Ringgold, Ga.) drove in a run but Lacie Rinus (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) fell to 17-9 after taking the loss.
In game two, and trailing by a 4-1 score entering the top of the seventh inning, Lenoir-Rhyne plated three runs to force extra innings then added three more runs in the eighth frame to complete the rally and sweep Carson-Newman.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior catcher Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) tied the contest at four with a two-run home run with two outs in the seventh before Moorefield came through with the game-winning, two-run double in the eighth. Moorefield finished with four hits in the contest.
Freshman Kimberly Blair (Knoxville, Tenn.) (2-0) earned the victory for the Bears while junior Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) retired the last two batters for her first save of the season.
For Carson-Newman, Rinus hit a two-run home run and finished with four hits and three runs batted in but fell to 17-10 after being tagged with the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 38-2 in its last 40 contests.
LR won its 12th South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship in school history including its seven league title outright and third straight conference championship.
Cates leads the team with 11 home runs on the season.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Newberry in its regular season finale for a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m., at Bears Field.