JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. --- The Lees-McRae softball team fell victim to a one-hit shutout to Carson-Newman in game one, 6-0, before falling in a thriller, 4-2, in game two, Thursday afternoon at The Vick in Jefferson City, Tenn.
Carson-Newman 6, Lees-McRae 0
The Eagles (1-0) won their season opener thanks to a one-hit shutout from Allison Webster. The Bobcats' (1-2) lone knock came from junior Sarah Stallings (Greensboro, N.C.)
Webster faced the minimum 21 batters thanks to a double play following Stallings leadoff single in the fourth.
CNU plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the first after three consecutive singles.
Lindsay Dean found a gap on the left side to plate the first run before Elayna Siebert made it 2-0 following a Bobcat error.
Siebert pushed the lead to 3-0 with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth.
The Eagles double their lead in the bottom of the fifth by sending eight batters to the plate and scoring three runs.
Freshman Kara Cunningham (Indian Trail, N.C.) (0-2) suffered the loss by allowing five earned runs in 4.1 innings of work with three strikeouts.
Webster (1-0) struck out nine in the win.
Carson-Newman 4, Lees-McRae 2
The Eagles (2-0) used two-hit performances from Shon Jordan and Talisa Fiame to complete the sweep. The Bobcats (1-3) saw sophomore Sarah Tucker (Monroe, N.C.) bash out a pair of doubles.
CNU did all its damage in the bottom of the third with five hits and four runs.
Kristen Toppel roped a RBI single down the left field line to plate Fiame for the first run.
Jordan provided the big blow with a two-run triple on the fifth pitch she saw from Charlie Dutton (Monroe, Ga.).
Siebert doubled to left center to push the lead to four.
Tucker led off the top of the fifth with a double and was pushed to third on a bunt single from freshman Emily Merriam (Myrtle Beach, S.C.). Tucker motored around to score on a throwing error on the play.
Pinch runner Valerie Hickey (Umatilla, Fla.) took advantage of another throwing error to score LMC's second run.
Dean (1-0) escaped the jam with a pair of groundouts.
Dutton (1-1) worked her magic in the bottom of the fifth by getting Dean to ground into a double play with the bases loaded.
The Bobcats loaded the bags in the top of the seventh after Tucker doubled and Dutton reached on a field error. Sophomore Alix Green (Little Mountain, S.C.) walked with two outs, but the threat ended after a close play at the plate on a passed ball.
Dutton went the distance and allowed eight hits and four earned runs.
LMC travels to Queens (N.C.) for a doubleheader Saturday, Feb. 6, starting at 12 p.m. in Charlotte, N.C.
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