March 22, 2014

Fowler, Dutton Ignite LMC to Split at Pfeiffer

MISENHEIMER, N.C. --- Lees-McRae sophomore Kendall Fowler went 5-for-6 and freshman Charlie Dutton tossed 3.2 scoreless innings while LMC split a Conference Carolinas doubleheader, 1-4 and 5-4, at Pfeiffer Saturday afternoon in Misenheimer, N.C.

Game 1 – Pfeiffer 4, LMC 1

The Falcons (10-12, 3-3 CC) snagged a 2-0 lead following a five-hit outbreak in the bottom of the third against LMC's Taylor Billings (Sophia, N.C.) (2-3). PU took advantage of a fielding error in the following inning to stretch the lead to four.

Coach Merritt Yackey's squad threatened in the top half of the fifth when junior Tori Wright (Boone, N.C.) and Fowler (Buford, Ga.) reached on consecutive singles. The Falcons were able to wiggle free thanks to a double play and strike out.

Sarah Stallings (Greensboro, N.C.) plated Shylyn Pierce (Orange Park, Fla.) after reaching on an error in the top of the seventh. The Bobcats had an opportunity to tie it when they loaded the bases with two outs, but were unable to convert.

Dutton (Monroe, Ga.) worked 2.2 innings of scoreless relief and racked up three strikeouts. Fowler produced three of LMC's six hits.

Game 2 – LMC 5, Pfeiffer 4

The Bobcat (6-25, 1-3) offense didn't take long to get rolling when they scratched across a run when Stallings stole home in the bottom of the first.

LMC picked up its first road win after Hollie Crickenberger (Boydton, Va.), Sarah Beth Ashley (Walkertown, N.C.) and Fowler had multi-hit performances.

The Bobcats loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the second and would take advantage when Sadie Lagle (Harmony, N.C.) notched a pair of RBI.

PU's third baseman Dew connected on a two-run single in the bottom of the fourth to slice the deficit to one, 3-2.

Stallings scooted home on a wild pitch after reaching on one of the Falcons four errors in the game in the fifth.

PU responded with a run of its own on an RBI groundout from Saine.

LMC's Celeste Sheppard (East Julian, N.C.) (3-11) pitched her way out of a bases load jam while the Falcons threatened in the bottom of the sixth. The freshman worked around a pair of hits and walk to keep LMC up 5-3 going into the seventh.

PU led off the final frame with a double and Saine singled to second to put runners on first. Bullington plated a run with a fielder's choice. However, Dutton calmly retired the next two batters and earned her second save of the year while LMC picked up its second in the last three games.

The Bobcats will an eight-day break before battle King in a Conference Carolinas doubleheader March 30 at 2 & 4 p.m. in Bristol, Tenn.

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