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Win: Brandi Parks (21-2) 7.031033
Loss: Devon Morrison (19-6) 6.043341
Natalie Willis (NBY) 402000
Madison Poe (LR) 201010
Madison Carter (LR) 301000
Mackenzie Cates (LR) 311101
Dakota Keller (LR) 211201
Newberry drops to consolation bracket after 3-2 loss to Lenoir-Rhyne

Newberry drops to consolation bracket after 3-2 loss to Lenoir-Rhyne
Friday, April 28, 2017 | by Bryan Eckelberg, Athletic Communications Assistant

HARTSVILLE – Third-seeded Newberry suffered a tough 3-2 defeat to second-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne Friday morning at Byerly Park.

Mackenzie Cates hit a solo home run to left center to give the Lenoir-Rhyne (46-9) the victory in the bottom of the seventh inning. Newberry (32-15) will face the winner of No. 8 Queens or No. 5 Anderson at 3:00 p.m. today in an elimination contest.

Both teams combined for just eight hits in the contest. Natalie Willis led Newberry at the plate, going 2-for-4. Christina Linton and Haley Simonds notched a hit apeice. Devon Morrison pitched well for the second straight day, but was dealt the loss after 6.0 innings and 110 pitches.

Newberry got off to a great start of L-R starting pitcher Sydney Miller. Linton drew a five-pitch, leadoff walk. Willis smacked a double down the left field line and advanced to third on an error by the left fielder, allowing Linton to score to give Newberry a 1-0 lead. Brandi Parks was brought in from the Bear bullpen and limited the damage to just one run in the opening frame.  

The Wolves had baserunners in the first three innings against the No. 13 team in nation, but could not increase its advantage. Lenoir-Rhyne took a 2-1 lead in the third after a home run by Dakota Keller.  

Newberry tied the contest in the fifth inning. Linton and Willis notched back-to-back singles to begin the frame. Simonds reached on a fielder’s choice to move Linton to third with two outs.

Rachel Marion hit a grounder to the second baseman that was bobbled and allowed her to reach base and extend the inning. Linton scored the unearned run to tie the contest at 2-2.

The Wolves threatened in the top of the seventh with Linton’s lead-off walk but could not bring her around to score.

Newberry finished the contest 0-11 with runners in scoring position. Parks earned her 21st win of the season for L-R and four different Bears recorded a hit in contest. Morrison held South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year Sarah Kenley 0-for-3 on the day.