JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – When Carson-Newman (18-6) clashes with Young Harris (17-8) Wednesday at 2 p.m. in a doubleheader at E.D. Rivers Field, the Eagles will be looking to stay perfect in the month of March.
Carson-Newman has won seven straight games, a season-long winning streak, including the first six in March. That includes sweeps of regional powers Limestone (Southeast Region) and New Haven (East Region).
The Eagles have outscored their opposition 45-10 on the streak and are hitting .355 as a team.
Morgan Crawford (Chickamauga, Ga.) and Lacie Rinus (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) are batting .778 and .583 on the streak, respectively. Katie Pritchett (Ringgold, Ga.), Leah Sohm (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Cheyenne Boles (Knoxville, Tenn.) are all hitting north of .400.
Haley Caldwell (Kenova, W.Va.) has driven in 10 with three bombs, three doubles and a .357 average.
Carson-Newman is hitting .348 with runners in scoring position after tallying a .222 average for that stat for the month of February.
Carson-Newman's pitching hasn't been too shabby either on the recent good run of form. Opponents are hitting .165 off the Eagles. Rinus has a 0.62 ERA for the streak
The Eagles enter the twinbill with Young Harris fresh off Friday's doubleheader sweep of New Haven. In that game, Caldwell became the first Eagle to homer twice in one game since Boles took two trips to tater town last year against Benedict.
This will be the first meeting between Carson-Newman and Young Harris with the Eagles as the visitors.
Carson-Newman swept the Mountain Lions last year as both teams made a run to the Southeast Regional Tournament. It was a slew of late clutch hits for the Ealges that got the job done last year.
Cheyenne Boles (Knoxville, Tenn.) belted a two-run bomb in the sixth inning of game one to put the Eagles on the front foot for a 4-3 win. Ashlyn Cooper (Friendsville, Tenn.) came through in the clutch in the night cap with a solo shot to right center to help hand the Eagles the sweep with a 3-2 win.
Coverage of the game will be available with a vide stream on Young Harris' YouTube channel. Follow @cnathletics on Twitter for live updates of the doubleheader.