February 17, 2009

Lady Bobcats Use Long Ball to Sweep Lady Cobras

BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's softball team scored five runs on three homeruns in two games to sweep the visiting Virginia Intermont College Lady Cobras in a nonconference doubleheader, 3-1 and 2-0, Tuesday afternoon.


In game one, Lees-McRae scored the first run of the game in the second inning when Magen West launched a towering drive over the centerfield fence to give the team a 1-0 lead.

Paige Coleman added what proved to be the game-winning blast in the in the fourth inning when her two-run homer gave the Lady Bobcats a 3-0 lead.

Ashley Fields put the Lady Cobras on the board in the seventh inning with a solo homer to cut the lead to 3-1 and give the game its final score.

Katie Alexander earned the win in three innings of work, while Kristen Dyer was saddled with the loss. Amanda Dodson picked up the save in four innings of work giving up two hits and recording six strikeouts.

Fields was the only player from both lineups to earned multiple hits during the game. She was 2-for-3 with a single to go along with her solo homerun.

In game two, no one reached base until Michelle Kidd notched the first hit of game in the fourth inning for the Lady Cobras, and after a Lees-McRae three-up, three-down bottom half the fourth the Lady Cobras had the first scoring chance of the game.

Kayla Mitchelle led off with a single and advanced to second when Kristen Dyer laid down a sacrifice bunt. After a pitching change, Natasha Carlucci singled to put runners at the corners with only one out for the Lady Cobras. But, Dodson got Fields to ground to Amanda Leonard at second, who alertly tagged the advancing runner and threw to first to complete the double play and end the threat.

In the home half of the fifth, Paula Fryar led off with a single. After a fly out to third and a failed sacrifice attempt Dodson stepped to the plate and belted an opposite field two-run blast to give the Lady Bobcats a 2-0 lead.

Dodson returned to the circle for Lees-McRae and only allowed one hit over the next two innings to earn the win. Nikita Belcher took the loss for the Lady Cobras.

Dodson finished the day with a homerun, a win and a save for the Lady Bobcats.

Lees-McRae will travel to King College Saturday, February 21st for their next game.

Pictured: Amanda Dodson

Game one box score

Game two box score