Trojans blank Bobcats in doubleheader sweep

ANDERSON, S.C. --- The Anderson University softball team held Lees-McRae College to three hits en route to a doubleheader sweep on Sunday afternoon in non-conference play.

Anderson (4-0) swept the twin-bill with 8-0 five-inning wins in each contest, collecting 18 hits, including four doubles and three home runs. The Trojans held Lees-McRae (0-4) to three hits, allowing a total of eight Bobcats to reach base on the afternoon.

Brooke Sheridan (Rosman, N.C.), Kierstie Moon (Oxford, Ga.), and Sadie Lagle (Harmony, N.C.) each tallied a hit in the twin-bill for the Bobcats. Kristen Oakes (Lenoir, N.C.) took the ball in game one, walking three in four innings of work. Hollie Crickenberger (Boydton, Va.) got the nod in game two, striking out three and walking two through four frames.

Abby Child led the way for Anderson with a 3-for-3 day, tallying two doubles to pace a group of six Trojans with multi-hit days. Bri Cason, Jessica Neidigh, Molly Child, Rebecca Martin, and Laura Jansky each posted a pair of base knocks, as Neidigh paced Anderson with four RBIs and a home run.

Charlotte Sieber and Samantha Young each launched a round-tripper of their own, as Danielle Swygert knocked in three runs. Bailey Smith got the nod in game one for the Trojans, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out six. Lauren Bell took the ball in the night cap, surrendering two hits and striking out four.

Game One: Anderson 8, Lees-McRae 0 – Five innings (Box Score)

Anderson opened the scoring in the second inning, pushing across four runs on a solo homer by Young and a three-run shot from Neidigh to take an early 4-0 lead. The Trojans would push the lead to five in the fourth before capping the scoring with three in the fifth, closing out the win on an RBI single by Martin.

Game Two: Anderson 8, Lees-McRae 0 – Five Innings (Box Score)

The Trojans got on the board in the bottom of the first, tallying four runs on a run-scoring double by Abby Child, a two-run single from Swygert, and a sacrifice fly by Young. Anderson pushed the lead to seven in the second, pushing across three runs. Sieber capped the scoring in the fourth, launching a solo home run to center.

Lees-McRae returns to the diamond on Saturday, February 9 when the Bobcats travel to Savannah, Ga. to take on Tusculum College and Armstrong Atlantic State University at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

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