HICKORY – Lenoir-Rhyne University swept a softball doubleheader against visiting King on Wednesday, earning Shena Hollar her 800th win as the Bears’ head coach in the first game.
LRU won 5-1 and 9-1, improving to 14-7, as Hollar also gained her 846th career win. She was head coach at Newberry (S.C.) for two seasons before becoming head coach at LRU and this season is her 22nd as a head coach.
Hollar entered the season 10th among active coaches for career wins and winning percentage and she ranks 23rd in all-time NCAA Division II victories.
The Bears are at home Saturday at 1 p.m., playing a doubleheader against Bloomsburg.
LRU 5, King 1
Senior Brandi Parks allowed just three hits, tossing a complete game with six strikeouts to collect her ninth win of the season and win No 800 at LRU for Hollar.
Erin Boone blasted a solo homer to right-center in the bottom of the first inning to give the Bears an early lead.
King scored in the second inning, but LRU responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning (infield singles by Macie Gibson and Cassie Healy for RBIs).
The Bears scored two runs in the fifth inning.
First baseman Mackensi Swain led LRU with two hits.
Leslie Odom took the loss for King, giving up six hits and three runs in two innings.
LRU 9, King 1
Parks pitched again, going five innings and allowing one run.
LRU scored eight runs in the fourth and fifth inning. Healy started the scoring with an RBI double in the fourth inning and Savannah Moorefield drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
The Bears scored six runs on five hits in the fifth inning, getting seven straight batters on base. The inning included an RBI single by Gibson, a two-run double by Moorefield and a two-run hit by Kylee Leonhardt.
LRU had 12 hits with Moorefield going 3-for-3 and driving in four runs.