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Lady Railsplitters Split SAC Opener Against Wingate

Fall 1-0 in game one before responding with 7-6 triumph in the finale

HARROGATE, TN -- The Lady Railsplitters opened South Atlantic Conference play by splitting a doubleheader against the Wingate University Bulldogs in softball action at Dorothy Neely Field on Saturday afternoon. Lincoln Memorial University (16-9, 1-1 SAC) was stifled at the plate in game one, but salvaged the series by holding off a late rally by Wingate (15-10-1, 1-1 SAC) to take a 7-6 win in game two. With a win and a loss on the day, the Lady Railsplitters improved to 14-3 over their last 17 appearances on the field.

Lincoln Memorial will be back in action on Wednesday, March 13th, as they are primed to head to Jefferson City, Tennessee to take on the Carson-Newman Eagles in a two-game South Atlantic Conference set beginning at 2 p.m.. The Lady Railsplitters are scheduled to travel to King College for nonconference action on Thursday before returning home on Saturday, March 16th to host Brevard College.

Game One Box
Wingate 1
Lincoln Memorial 0

In game one, the Lady Railsplitters fell on the losing end of a dominant pitching performance, as Wingate started Stacey Houser went the distance on the rubber for the Bulldogs, tossing a complete-game shutout in which she allowed only one hit and struck out five batters.

Buried beneath the outing by Houser, Lincoln Memorial starter Samantha Smith was also magnificent on the mound, allowing only three hits and one earned run in seven innings of work. Smith matched Houser's strike out number with five in the game but dropped to 10-5 on the season with the loss.

The Bulldogs notched the only run of the game in the top half of the first, using an RBI single off the bat of Taylor Laskey to assume a 1-0 lead. The Lady Railsplitters recorded their only hit of the game in the bottom of that frame, as Amanda Snow popped a two-out single.

The Lady Railsplitters came up empty in that inning and only saw one other batter reach safely for the remainder of the contest en route to dropping a 1-0 decision to the Bulldogs.

Wingate 1, Lincoln Memorial 0 (Mar 09, 2013 at Harrogate, TN) (Game 1)
Wingate............. 100 000 0 -  1  3  0      (15-9-1, 1-0 SAC)
Lincoln Memorial.... 000 000 0 -  0  1  0      (15-9, 0-1 SAC)
Pitchers: Wingate - Stacey Houser and Taylor Laskey. Lincoln Memorial - Samantha Smith and
Laura Taricano.
Win-Stacey Houser(10-4)  Loss-Samantha Smith(10-5)  T-1:11  A-125
Weather: Clear, upper 50s.

Game Two Box
Lincoln Memorial 7
Wingate 6

The Lady Railsplitters used a six-run outburst in the bottom half of the second and held off a surge down the stretch by the Bulldogs to salvage the SAC series with a 7-6 victory in game two.

Samantha Smith (11-5) grabbed the win on the mound for the Lady Railsplitters after tossing 4.2 innings in which she allowed five earned runs on eight hits. Amanda Snow came on in relief, providing 2.1 innings of two-hit and one-run ball. Miranda Paul suffered the loss for the Bulldogs with 1.1 innings of three-hit, four-run ball, dropping to 5-6 on the season.

The Bulldogs got on the board first with a run in the top half of the opening frame, as Brittany Loudermilt drilled a double down the line to plate Kelsey Maffucci. However, the Lady Railsplitters answered that run by pouring on six runs in the bottom half of the second frame to take command of the board. Amanda Snow notched the big hit of the inning with a two-run single, while Ashley Hanes, Danae Reed and Sarah Walz added run-scoring hits to propel Lincoln Memorial to a 6-1 lead.

The Lady Railsplitters worked out of a jam in the top of the third, however, the Bulldogs broke through with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth, using an RBI double by Hayley Whitley and an RBI ground out by Brittany Owens to cut the deficit to 6-3. Lincoln Memorial got one run back in the home half of that frame with another run-scoring hit by Amanda Snow, as she popped an RBI double to plate Kirstin Toole, who reached on a double earlier in the frame.

Wingate put a run on the board in the fifth, came up empty in the sixth and rallied for a pair of runs in the seventh. In the seventh, the Bulldogs found themselves facing a 7-6 deficit with runners on second and third and two outs. However, pitcher Amanda Snow forced a ground out by Stacey Houser to give the Lady Railsplitters a 7-6 win in the nightcap.

Lincoln Memorial pounded 10 hits in the game, headlined by Amanda snow's two-for-three performance with three RBI. Sarah Walz, Ashley Hanes and Danae Reed chimed in with multi-hit outings. The Bulldogs' 10-hit effort was spearheaded by Alexis Burrell, as she tallied three hits with three RBI.

Lincoln Memorial 7, Wingate 6 (Mar 09, 2013 at Harrogate, TN) (Game 2)
Wingate............. 100 210 2 -  6 10  0      (15-10-1, 1-1 SAC)
Lincoln Memorial.... 060 100 X -  7 10  1      (16-9, 1-1 SAC)
Pitchers: Wingate - Miranda Paul; Stacey Houser(2) and Taylor Laskey. Lincoln Memorial -
Samantha Smith; Amanda Snow(5) and Laura Taricano.
Win-Samantha Smith(11-5)  Loss-Miranda Paul(5-6)  T-1:51  A-0
Weather: Clear, 63, light breeze

S. Smith faced 2 batters in the 4th.
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April 2014

April 1
W. Tennis vs. Brevard 7-2
M. Tennis vs. Brevard 8-1
Softball vs. Carson-Newman 4-0
Baseball vs. Shorter 13-8
Softball vs. Carson-Newman 5-9
April 4
W. Tennis vs. @Wingate 2-5
M. Tennis vs. @Wingate 2-5
April 5
Softball vs. @#18 Lenoir-Rhyne 0-2
Baseball vs. Coker 6-5
M. Tennis vs. Carson-Newman 6-3
W. Tennis vs. Carson-Newman 6-3
Softball vs. @#18 Lenoir-Rhyne 3-1
Baseball vs. Coker 4-6
April 6
Baseball vs. Coker  7-3
April 7
W. Golf vs. Agnes McAmis Memorial 10th
M. Golf vs. Tennessee River Rumble 4th
April 8
W. Golf vs. Agnes McAmis Memorial 10th
M. Golf vs. Tennessee River Rumble 4th
W. Tennis vs. @Queens 3-6
M. Tennis vs. @Queens 2-7
Baseball vs. @Kentucky State 14-7
April 9
Baseball vs. @UVa-Wise 13-1
April 10
Softball vs. @Brevard 2-3
Softball vs. @Brevard 4-5
April 11
M. Tennis vs. @Mars Hill 7-2
W. Tennis vs. @Mars Hill 4-5
Baseball vs. Anderson 5-13
April 12
Baseball vs. Anderson 8-6
Softball vs. Catawba 1-6
Baseball vs. Anderson 13-15
Softball vs. Catawba 10-5
April 13
W. Golf vs. Food Lion SAC Championship 8th
M. Golf vs. Food Lion SAC Championship 4th
April 14
W. Golf vs. Food Lion SAC Championship 8th
M. Golf vs. Food Lion SAC Championship 4th
April 15
W. Golf vs. Food Lion SAC Championship 8th
M. Golf vs. Food Lion SAC Championship 4th
Baseball vs. King Canceled
April 16
Softball vs. @Mars Hill 3-0
Softball vs. @Mars Hill 5-4
April 18
Baseball vs. @Wingate 8-15
April 19
Softball vs. @Wingate Canceled
Softball vs. @Wingate Canceled
Baseball vs. @Wingate (DH) Canceled
April 24
Softball vs. vs. Tusculum (Food Lion SAC Softball Tournament) 2-9
Baseball vs. vs. Newberry (Food Lion SAC Tournament) 7-2
April 25
Softball vs. vs. Lenoir-Rhyne (Food Lion SAC Softball Tournament) 10 a.m.
Baseball vs. vs. Wingate (Food Lion SAC Tournament) 7:30 p.m.

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