Photo Courtesy of Sammy Croft
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – The Lees-McRae College softball team dropped a pair of non-conference games on the road at Milligan College Friday afternoon by scores of 3-0 and 8-6. The results Friday move LMC's record to 5-15 on the spring.
Game One Recap – The Bobcats dropped a close 3-0 decision to the Buffaloes to open Friday's action. Milligan opened the scoring in the second inning with a run courtesy of a Bobcat error, and it added another with a RBI single later in the frame. LMC had its opportunities to answer, but a pair of costly double plays derailed those chances.
Five of the nine hitters in LMC's starting lineup tallied hits in the game one defeat. Caitlyn Ray posted the lone extra-base hit for Lees-McRae in the contest with a double. In the circle, Kara Cunningham took the loss after allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks. Cunningham did strike out five in the outing.
Game Two Recap – The second game of the day had a lot more offense than the previous contest did as the two teams combined for 14 runs on 20 hits. 13 of those 20 base knocks were courtesy of Lees-McRae to set a new season-high for the team, but it proved to be not enough as the Buffaloes won game two, 8-6.
Alix Green led all hitters in game two going 3-for4 with a double. Amber Corvin, Noel Cassidy and Caitlyn Ray also had two-hit efforts in the contest. The hot-hitting Bobcats had an opportunity to not only tie the game in the seventh but also potentially pull in front with the go-ahead run at the plate with two outs. Unfortunately for LMC, the Buffaloes got the key third out to get out of the jam and preserve the victory.
Cassidy Largen took the loss in the circle for Lees-McRae in game two. Largen did strike out a career-high nine batters in her outing, but her control proved costly as she allowed nine walks to the Buffalos in just 4.2 innings pitched. Largen's record moves to 0-8 with the defeat.
Next Up – Lees-McRae will return to action Saturday afternoon when it travels to Southern Wesleyan for a Conference Carolinas doubleheader. First pitch for the twin bill is set for 1 p.m. from Central, South Carolina.