Longball equals C-N’s downfall versus LMU
SALISBURY, N.C. – Lincoln Memorial (30-21) cranked three homeruns, including a two-out grand slam, to eliminate Carson-Newman (30-18) 9-5 from the 2013 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament Friday morning at Community Park in Salisbury, N.C.
LMU roared out of the gates with a pair of dingers in the top of the first inning. After Brianna Mulkey was hit by a pitch, Kristin Toole homered to right center to put the Railsplitters up 2-0. However, LMU wasn't done. A pair of walks and a Laura Taricano single to left loaded the bases with one out.
Carson-Newman got the second out of the inning on a fielder's choice to second base that got the lead runner at home. But that only set the stage for Danae Reed, who clubbed a two-out grand slam to left center to push LMU ahead 6-0.
The homer was Reed's fourth of the year.
The Eagles would get their offense rolling along in the third with a big inning that would draw them within one.
Samantha Smith intentionally walked Brittany Hefner (Talbot, Tenn.) to load the bases. An RBI-single from Sara Kelley (Ooltewah, Tenn.) to left brought Siebert in for one run. Then Shoemake scooted in on a wild pitch.
That set the stage for Caitlyn Lance (East Ridge, Tenn.). The junior first baseman singled to left field and advanced to third on a fielding error Sarah Walz to clear the bases and bring C-N within two 6-4.
A Bethany Davis (Nicholasville, Ky.) grounder to second rounded out the scoring for C-N to bring the Eagles within one.
However, that was as close as Carson-Newman would get.
Reed would add insurance for LMU in the fifth with her second home run of the day – a two-run blast that made it 8-5. An RBI single in the sixth from Taricano sealed the deal for the Railsplitters.
Carson-Newman concludes its season with a winning record – its 27th consecutive season with one - while LMU advances to face the winner of the Wingate – Lenoir-Rhyne contest.