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Concord Takes Wins At NCSI Over Eureka and Prinicipia

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -

The Concord University softball team secured two more wins at the National Collegiate Softball Invitational Thursday afternoon, defeating Eureka College, 2-1, and Principia College, 9-0.

The wins increased the Mountain Lions' winning streak to four games and boosted their overall record to 10-10 on the season.

Junior Rachael Mack and sophomore Lacey McDougall led the Concord attack Thursday. Mack recorded a pair of two-hit games and had a strong pitching performance against Eureka while McDougall drove in two runs on four hits.

The Mountain Lions' bats lit up just enough in the third inning against Eureka to score two runs, which proved to be all the support that Mack needed.

Sophomore Hayley Wade led off the inning with a single up the middle then advanced to second on a passed ball. Mack proceeded to help her own cause with a successful bunt attempt that led to a throwing error by Eureka which allowed Wade to score, giving Concord a 1-0 lead.

McDougall followed Mack's bunt with an RBI-single that put CU up 2-0.

Mack (2-4) was nearly unhittable all game. She struck out a season-best eight batters and surrendered just four hits in seven innings. Outside of the fourth inning when Eureka scored its lone run of the game, Mack was never in serious trouble on the way to her second win of the year.

McDougall and Mack were both perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 and 2-for-2, respectively. Wade and senior Stephanie Harper accounted for Concord's other two hits. As a team, the Mountain Lions out hit Eureka 7-4.

Concord's five-inning win vs. Principia was never in doubt as CU scored all nine of its runs in the first three innings.

In the circle, Harper and sophomore Brantlea Wood combined for their second shutout in as many days. Harper (3-0) struck out three batters and allowed only two hits in four sensational innings. Wood came on to toss a perfect frame in the fifth.

The Concord pitching staff has thrown four shutouts this season.

Offensively, eight players had hits for the Mountain Lions with sophomore Jessica Seymour leading the way on a 3-for-3 one-run, one-RBI, two-stolen base effort.

Mack and freshman Alyssa Morris both went 2-for-3 with Mack driving in two runs and Morris scoring twice.

McDougall extended her hitting streak to a team season-high nine games with a run-scoring double in the first inning.

The Mountain Lions play their final game at NCSI 10:00 a.m. Friday against Spalding University (KY).