BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College softball team will return to action Sunday when it travels to Mars Hill for a non-conference doubleheader. The first pitches for Sunday's games are scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m.
Last Time Out – Lees-McRae picked up its third straight split in a twin bill last Sunday when it won one and lost one at Milligan College. LMC picked up a 14-12 victory in the first game, but dropped a 12-3 decision in five innings in game two.
Keep on Winning – Despite having almost two full months remaining in their regular season, the Bobcats have nearly matched their win total from last season already in 2017. LMC's record currently stands at 7-11 overall, which is just three wins shy of 2016's win total.
Senior Stepping Up – Senior Sarah Stallings has been one of Lees-McRae's top hitters this season with a .500 batting average in 34 at bats. Stallings needs just a few more plate appearances to qualify for the league leaderboard in batting average.
Improved Offense – A major reason why the Bobcats have had this turnaround this season has been their work offensively. In 2016, LMC hit just .220 as a team and scored 104 runs in 46 games. Comparatively, Lees-McRae boasts a .280 team batting average and has scored 62 runs in 18 games so far in 2017.
About the Opponent – The Lions enter this weekend's play with a 5-9 record in 2017. Mars Hill has depth both in its batting order and in its pitching staff. Offensively, the Lions have eight different players hitting at least .300, while they also have three different pitchers that have registered wins in 2017.