Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College softball team opened its home schedule by splitting a pair of games against Young Harris College Monday afternoon. Young Harris knocked off the Bobcats, 8-0, in six innings in game one before the Bobcats rebounded to take game two, 9-1, in five innings. The results Monday push Lees-McRae's record on the season to 6-6.
Game 1 Recap – After a pair of scoreless innings began the first game of the day, Young Harris broke the tie with a pair of runs in the third inning. The Mountain Lions would strike again in the fifth and sixth innings as Jill Torres hit a two-run home run first and then a grand slam to help her team run away from the Bobcats, 8-0, in six innings. Torres finished game one going 3-for-4 with two home runs and seven RBI.
Offensively, the Bobcats picked up five hits in the six-inning contest. Three of the five came off the bat of Katie Robinson. Robinson finished the tilt 3-for-3 with three singles. The other two Bobcat hits came from Julie Gast and Faith Cooke with both of those being singles as well.
In the circle, Skylar Edwards took the loss after pitching two innings allowing two runs (one earned). The loss pushes Edwards's record on the season to 1-3.
Game 2 Recap – After being shutout in game one, the Bobcats came back with vengeance in game two. As a team, Lees-McRae scored a season-high nine runs on 11 hits to upend the Mountain Lions, 9-1, in five innings.
Gast went 2-for-3 with six RBI in the victory, while Kara Cunningham went a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBI to help her cause in the circle. Robinson knocked in the team's ninth run en route to a 1-for-4 outing at the plate. Haven Birchfield, Ashlyn Mills, Sarah Beth Thomas and Bryanna Thomas also all had hits to fuel the Bobcat offense.
Cunningham tossed all five innings for the Bobcats in game two on her way to her third win of the season. The senior pitcher allowed just one run on three Young Harris hits to go along with three strikeouts in her five innings of work.
Next up – The Bobcats will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Lincoln Memorial University in a doubleheader. First pitch for Wednesday's twin bill is set for 1 p.m.