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Concord Softball defeats Lynchburg 20-0, Splits Games at Shaw Challenge

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The Concord University softball team split a pair of games on day one of the Shaw Softball Challenge Friday. The Mountain Lions defeated UVA-Lynchburg 20-0 before losing to West Chester 8-3.

The 20 runs scored by the Mountain Lions against UVA-Lynchburg marked the fourth time since the 2002 season that Concord has scored at least 20 runs in a game.

The doubleheader split moves Concord's record to 5-6 overall this season.

Concord 20 – UVA-Lynchburg 0
The Mountain Lions exploded for a 10-run first inning on their way to a third consecutive victory. Concord added four runs in the second inning, two runs in the fourth and four more runs in the fifth leading to the game being called due to the run rule.

Six different players had at least two hits and two RBI with sophomore pitcher Lacey McDougall leading the way with a 3-for-5, four-RBI performance from the plate. She finished a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. McDougall was also dominant in the circle with a six-strikeout, three-hit shutout effort.

Juniors Rachael Mack and Becca Gleason both went 4-for-5. Mack scored a team-high four runs with two RBI while Gleason drove in three runs and scored three times.

Freshman Alyssa Morris hit her third home run of the year and sophomore second baseman Whitney Carrigan also had a three-RBI game. Morris now has 12 RBI on the season.

Sophomore Karsyn Boothe also drove in two runs from the top of CU's batting order.

Game Two: West Chester 8 – Concord 3
Concord and West Chester traded three-run innings to begin the game with the Rams striking in the bottom of the first inning only to be countered by the Mountain Lions' three runs in the top of the second.

However, West Chester plated three runs in the top of the fourth inning and two more in the sixth to break away for the 8-3 win, snapping Concord's winning streak.

Concord's second inning charge began with an RBI-triple from sophomore Hayley Wade that scored Morris, who had led off the frame with a single. Wade was then brought home with a well-placed bunt from Carrigan, who eventually scored off of a single from Boothe.

The Mountain Lions left the bases loaded in the fourth inning in what was their best scoring opportunity for the remainder of the game.

Boothe, Wade, senior first baseman Stephanie Harper and sophomore outfielder Jessica Seymour all had two hits for Concord against West Chester.

McDougall's record fell to 4-3 on the year after giving up all eight runs and striking out two batters in her fifth complete game of the season.

Concord will be back in action against Millersville and Mansfield on day two of the Shaw Softball Challenge Saturday.