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Mountain Lions Tripped Up By Tusculum, 9-1

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The Concord University softball team lost to Tusculum College at the National Collegiate Sports Invitational for the second time in as many days Tuesday evening, dropping a 9-1 decision to the Pioneers.

Senior Stephanie Harper went 3-for-3 to lead the Mountain Lions. Freshman Kristi Benvenuto was 1-for-2 with a run-scoring double, her third RBI of the season. Sophomore Whitney Carrigan added one hit and one run scored.

Freshman pitcher Lacey McDougall (4-6) struck out a season-high eight batters in the loss. McDougall also went 1-for-3 at the plate to extend her hitting streak to five games.

McDougall and Tusculum (11-11) pitcher Elizabeth Johnson dominated the game early on with each hurler allowing no runs and striking out four batters in the opening two innings.

However, the Pioneers broke the game open in the third inning with a four-run frame that Concord was never able to recover from.

The Mountain Lions scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the third when Benvenuto slapped her first double of the season to score Carrigan, who reached base earlier in the inning after being hit by pitch before being advanced to second off of a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Hayley Wade.

Tusculum's bats lit up again during the sixth and seventh innings with five more runs en route to the 9-1 victory.

The Mountain Lions return to action in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Wednesday against Cairn University at 2:30 p.m. followed by Eureka College at 5:00 p.m. Concord's game against Spalding University (KY) that was postponed today has been rescheduled for Friday.