NCAA Softball: Young Harris defeats No.11 Bears in Round One 9-4

NCAA Softball: Young Harris defeats No.11 Bears in Round One 9-4

HICKORY, N.C.  |  Louise Disi set a career-high with 10 strikeouts as Young Harris College used a five-run fifth inning to propel past Lenoir-Rhyne University in round one of the NCAA softball Southeast Regional Tournament Thursday (May 10) evening at Bears Field. 

The Mountain Lions improved to 33-18 on the season while the Bears fell to 42-9. Young Harris returns to action in round two of the tournament Friday (May 11) at 1 p.m. against Carson-Newman University.

Young Harris took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning with Haylie Shope's team-leading 10th homer of the season that hit off the scoreboard in left-center field. 

LR scored one in the bottom of the first and third innings to take a 2-1 lead. Mackensi Swain gave the Bears a 3-1 lead with a solo home run to left field in the bottom half of the fourth. 

Emily Harris started the five-run fifth inning for the Mountain Lions with a single to left field that scored Madison Urquiola. Shope drew a bases-loaded walk to even the game at 3. Georgia Webb collected two RBI on a single up the middle that scored Harris and Hannah HarrisonMurphy Davis concluded the big inning with a sacrifice fly to right field to score Biz Walters

Swain hit her second solo homer of the day in the bottom of the sixth to bring LR within two (6-4).

After a single by Erin Boone to load the bases for the Bears, Dharma Rosbrugh got Kylee Leonhardt to ground into a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning.

Young Harris scored three more runs in the top of the seventh that started with a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch by Jill Torres to score Webb. Kristan Lizardi drew another bases-loaded walk that scored Fallyn Johnson. Harris made it a 9-4 lead with a RBI groundout to second base that scored Davis. 

Rosbrugh had a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the seventh to seal the victory for the Mountain Lions. 

Disi (5-5) picked up the win for Young Harris as she allowed four runs on seven hits with five walks and 10 strikeouts in five innings pitched. Rosbrugh collected her second save of the season as she gave up one hit with two strikeouts in two innings of scoreless relief. 

Webb went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and a run scored. Harris and Shope each tallied one hit, two RBI, and a run scored. Lizardi and Davis each had one hit, one RBI, and a run scored while Torres collected one RBI.

Emily Kenley (21-4) earned the loss for the Bears as she allowed eight runs (six earned) on seven hits with four walks and three strikeouts in six innings pitched.