Freshman Duo Impresses; LMC Drops Pair at Erskine
DUE WEST, S.C. --- Sophomore Sadie Lagle drove in LMC's lone run in game one while Lees-McRae fell 5-1 before freshman Sarah Stallings walloped three hits and swiped a bag in game two in a heartbreaking 7-6 loss in nine innings at Huggins Field Thursday afternoon in Due West, S.C.
The Flying Fleet (15-17, 6-4 CC) produced four multi-run innings in the two games while Lydia Trexler racked up four RBI. The Bobcats (8-31, 3-7) bashed out 17 hits on the day while freshman Charlie Dutton (Monroe, Ga.) mowed down eight batters in 6.1 innings of work.
Game 1 – Erskine 5, LMC 1
EC used consecutive hits in the bottom of the first to put runners on second and third with no outs before Ashlyn Hicks plated the game's first run with an RBI fielder's choice. Jacquie Hill delivered a run-scoring double to make it 2-0.
Trexler notched her first RBI of the day when she plated Whitney Brown with a single in the bottom of the second.
LMC got on the board with some two out magic after Valerie Hickey (Umatilla, Fla.) banged a double off the wall before Lagle (Harmony, N.C.) stroked an RBI single up the middle.
The Flying Fleet responded with a pair of runs when Kathryn Windham cranked a run-scoring double before Hill notched another RBI with a groundout in the bottom of the third.
Dutton took the rubber in the bottom of the fourth and was lights out while retiring all six batters she faced and struck out the side in the fourth.
The Bobcats were unable to capitalize on a pinch-hit double from Amanda Decker (Apex, N.C.) in the seventh when a groundout ended the contest.
Freshman Taylor Billings (Sophia, N.C.) took the loss when she allowed five earned in three innings of work.
EC's Danica Newton struck out 10 in the complete game effort.
Game 2 – Erskine 7, LMC 6 (9 innings)
The Bobcat offense came to life when they staked Celeste Sheppard (East Julian, N.C.) with a 2-0 lead before she threw a pitch.
Lagle plated Stallings (Greensboro, N.C.) with an RBI single before Ashley Lindsay (Holly Springs, N.C.) registered an RBI groundout. Stallings led both teams with her 3-for-5 performance.
A trio of LMC errors led to two EC runs in the bottom of the second, tying it at 2.
Decker smoked a RBI double to give the Bobcats the lead in the see-saw battle before Sheppard helped her own cause with a bases loaded walk. Senior Lori Fulmer (Prosperity, S.C.) used her speed to beat out a single to plate Hollie Crickenberger (Boydton, Va.) in a three-run third inning.
Trexler delivered the big blow with a three-run homer in the fourth to put EC up 6-5.
Fulmer tied it with a RBI double in the top half of the fifth.
Dutton worked out of a second and third one-out jam with two strikeouts to keep EC at bay.
Both offenses fell silent despite LMC loading the bases in the seventh. Hicks connected on the walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth.
The Bobcats host Barton in a CC doubleheader on Saturday at 2 & 4 on Senior Day.
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