Softball Offense Plates Nine in Single Inning; Earn Split on Final Day at The Spring Games

Softball Offense Plates Nine in Single Inning; Earn Split on Final Day at The Spring Games

CLERMONT, Fla. --- Seven Lees-McRae softball players drove in a run and the team recorded a season-high nine runs against West Liberty in game one before falling to 1-0 against Northern State at The Spring Games Friday at Legends Way in Clermont, Fla.

Lees-McRae 9, West Liberty 4
The Bobcats' (5-18) freshman Kara Cunningham (Indian Trail, N.C.) (1-8) picked up her first collegiate win while bashing out a pair of hits and plated two runs. The Hilltoppers (5-12) amassed 10 hits, including three from Taylor Paladino.

LMC scored a season-high nine runs, with all of them coming in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Cunningham, Karly McRary (Marion, N.C.) and Noel Cassidy (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) recorded multi-hit games.

WLU jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first after stringing together three hits.

Despite the runs, Cunningham struck out four batters in the first two innings.

The HIlltoppers pushed the lead to 3-0 after Julie Tenney doubled down the left field line to plate Damia Mogielski.

Coach Jaclin Poole's squad sent 14 batters to the dish in the bottom of the sixth while bashing out eight hits.

Cassidy drove in McRary with a single to right center to open the scoring barrage.

Sophomore Teresa Dickson (Lexington, N.C.) cut the deficit to one with a run-scoring fielder's choice.

LMC's offense caught fire and ripped off six consecutive hits, including three for extra bases.

Cunningham and sophomore Sarah Tucker (Monroe, N.C.) delivered two-run knocks apiece.

Sarah Beth Ashley (Walkertown, N.C.), Sarah Stallings (Greensboro, N.C.) and Kasey Klutz (Leland, N.C.) plated runs during the rally.

Cunningham worked her way out of a bases loaded jam to earn the win.

Eight Bobcats scored a run while the team amassed five walks.

Northern State 1, Lees-McRae 0
The Wolves (9-8) used a four-hit shutout from Missy Elkins. The Bobcats (5-19) saw Stallings swipe her 48th stolen base of her career.

The game's lone run came in the bottom of the fourth.

NSU's Macey Engel led off the frame with a walk. Two batters later, Lauren Kunz roped a triple to left field to plate Michaela Liebl, who reached on a fielder's choice.

Junior Charlie Dutton (Monroe, Ga.) (1-7) suffered the tough-luck loss after scattering six hits and striking out three.

The Bobcats travel to Southern Wesleyan Saturday, March 19 for a Conference Carolinas doubleheader at 2 & 4 p.m., respectively, in Central, S.C.

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