Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – Riding a record of 8-2 in its last 10 games, the Lees-McRae College softball team will be back in action this week with a trio of Conference Carolinas doubleheaders. LMC will start the week by traveling to Limestone Wednesday before returning to Banner Elk on Saturday and Sunday to host Erskine and Emmanuel, respectively. Wednesday's game are slated to get underway at 2 p.m., while the weekend's games are scheduled for 1 p.m. first pitches on both days.
Last Time Out – LMC earned a split against Barton on Sunday at the LMC Softball Field. The Bobcats dropped a close one to the Bulldogs in game one, 2-0, before rebounding to take game two 9-1 in six innings. With the split, LMC is 13-17 overall and 8-2 in conference play.
Fast Start in Conference – With their eight wins within league action so far in 2018, the Bobcats have already surpassed their conference win total from last season. LMC currently sits third in the standings sitting behind only two of its three opponents this week, Limestone and Erskine.
Kara keeps rolling – Junior Kara Cunningham was named the Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season and for the third time in her career earlier today. Cunningham has been one of the most productive pitchers in Conference Carolinas this spring as she ranks in the top five in the league in wins (13 – third), ERA (1.49 – fourth) and strikeouts (103 – fifth). With her 13 wins this season, Cunningham needs just three more wins to break the program's single-season wins record.
About the Opponents – As mentioned earlier, both Limestone and Erskine sit in front of the Bobcats in the conference standings. Not only that, both the Saints and Flying Fleet are unbeaten in conference posting records of 12-0 and 10-0, respectively. Emmanuel, meanwhile, enters this week's play with a record of 15-21 overall and 5-9 in conference action.
Series Rewind – The Bobcats will look to snap a long losing skid against Limestone as they have not defeated them since 2011, which spans 14 meetings. LMC and Erskine have picked up twin bill sweeps of each other at their respective home fields in each of the past three seasons. Emmanuel, meanwhile, is 4-2 against LMC since joining the league in 2015, but the Bobcats won both games last season by scores of 10-5 and 3-1.