LAURINBURG, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's softball team split a conference doubleheader, 3-0 and 1-7, with St. Andrews Presbyterian College Monday afternoon to improve to 16-12 overall and 4-4 in the conference.
In game one, Amanda Dodson tossed a complete-game shutout for the Lady Bobcats to earn the win. She gave up only three hits and recorded five strikeouts to improve to 9-3 on the season.
With the game scoreless in the top of the seventh, Anna Carter singled to left field to start off the inning. Pinch runner Amanda Leonard was sacrificed to second and scored on a throwing error when Katie Alexander hit a fielder's choice to score the game-winning run.
The Lady Bobcats tacked on two more runs in the inning when Meagan Knowles and Veronica Ollier singled to load the bases. Dodson reached on an error that scored Kim Coley, who pinch ran for Alexander, and Knowles to make it 3-0.
Dodson retired the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh on strikeouts and got the final out to ground out to third to end the game.
St. Andrews starter Ashley Disque was saddled with the loss despite not allowing an earned run.
Five different Lady Bobcats collected a hit during the game.
In game two, St. Andrews scored first in the first inning on a Danyell Marquez RBI double to take a 1-0 lead, and they extended the lead to 2-0 in the third inning on a Jasmine Dobbin solo homerun.
Lees-McRae cut the deficit in half with an unearned run in the sixth on a RBI single by Nicole Baxter.
But, St. Andrews pulled away with five runs in the bottom half of the sixth on five hits and an error to make it 7-1. The highlight of the inning was an RBI double by Sarah Applegarth.
Magen West took the loss for Lees-McRae in the circle, while Applegarth earned the win for St. Andrews going the distance for the Lady Knights.
Dodson was 2-for-3 from the batter's box, and Nicole Baxter also collected two hits in three plate appearances and drove in the team's only run of the game.
Lees-McRae will host Conference Carolinas opponent Pfeiffer University April 1st at 3:00 p.m. for their next doubleheader.
Game one box score
Game two box score
Pictured: Amanda Dodson