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Concord Blanks Cairn and Eureka 19-0, 10-0

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The Concord University softball team scored a total of 29 runs while not allowing a single opposing player to cross home plate Wednesday as the Mountain Lions won a pair of run-rule games over Cairn and Eureka 19-0 and 10-0 at the National Collegiate Softball Invitational.

The wins improve Concord's record to 8-10 on the year.

Senior Becca Gleason enjoyed what was quite possibly the best two-game stretch of her career, finishing 7-for-8 with five runs scored, four RBI and two stolen bases. Gleason racked up a Concord record three triples against Cairn alone.

Senior Stephanie Harper continued her excellent play at the NCSI with three hits and four RBI on the day.

Freshman Alyssa Morris, who saw her eight-game hitting streak end Tuesday, bounced back by combining to go 4-for-7 with three runs scored and one RBI Wednesday.

The Mountain Lions broke its contest against Cairn open with a 12-run second inning that set the tone for the day. Concord had eight hits and nearly batted around the order twice in the inning.

CU added one run in the third and fourth innings before closing out the game with a five-run fifth.

Nine of Concord's 11 players had at least one hit with seven Mountain Lions totaling two or more hits. Gleason led the way with three triples, two runs scored and two RBI while Morris went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and one RBI.

Sophomore Hayley Wade, freshman Kristi Benvenuto, sophomore Brantlea Wood, junior Rachael Mack and Harper all tallied two hits in the route with everyone but Wade also driving in two runs.

Harper held Cairn hitless for 3.1 innings and finished with a two-hit, three-strikeout shutout to improve her record to 2-0 on the season.

Concord's 19 runs and 18 hits were its second-highest figures in each category this season. The Mountain Lions scored 20 runs on 20 hits in a victory against UVA-Lynchburg earlier in the year.

Concord did all of its damage against Eureka in the opening three innings in game two with two runs in the first, five in the second and three in the third.

Gleason moved to the top of the CU batting order vs. Eureka on her way to a 4-for-4, three-run, two-RBI, two-stolen base performance.

Sophomore Lacey McDougall was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI; she was Concord's only other player with multiple hits in the nightcap.

Harper, who also had two RBI in the game, and Wood (1-0) combined for the five-hit shutout in the circle. The duo stranded nine Eureka base runners to end innings. Harper lowered her team-best ERA to 3.44 on the season. Wednesday marked Wood's first pitching appearance of the year.

The Mountain Lions will look to extend its winning streak to four games when it plays Eureka and Principia College Thursday at the NCIS.