Photo Courtesy of Jake Miller
DUE WEST, S.C. – The Lees-McRae College softball team picked up a split in a Conference Carolinas doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Erskine College. The Bobcats won game one by a score 7-1 in eight innings before falling in game two, 10-0, in five innings. The results Saturday push Lees-McRae's record to 11-13 overall and 5-5 in conference play.
Game 1 Recap – The opening game of Saturday's twin bill was an odd game. Both Lees-McRae and Erskine struggled to get anything going offensively for most of the contest. After a solo home run by Emily Merriam in the second inning, the Flying Fleet tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth. Neither team would score again until the top of the eighth when the Bobcats scored six times on their way to 7-1 victory. The big hit in the six run outburst by Lees-McRae was a grand slam by Faith Cooke.
Overall, the Bobcats totaled just four hits in game one. The home runs by Merriam and Cooke accounted for two of the four hits. Kara Cunningham added an extra-base hit as well with a triple, while Sarah Beth Thomas accounted for the fourth hit for the Bobcats with a single.
Cunningham picked up the win in the circle for the Bobcats in game one. The Indian Trail, North Carolina native worked all eight innings allowing just one run on two hits to go along with eight strikeouts. The victory pushes Cunningham's record to 7-5 on the 2019 campaign.
Game 2 Recap – After totaling just two hits in the first game of the day, Erskine came back in a major way in the back end of Saturday's doubleheader. The Flying Fleet pounded out 11 hits on their way to scoring 10 runs against the Bobcat pitching staff. Lees-McRae, meanwhile, was limited to one hit in game two which led to a convincing 10-0 victory for Erskine in five innings.
Katelyn Wyatt accounted for the lone hit for Lees-McRae in game two. Skylar Edwards took the loss in the circle after allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits without retiring a batter. Gabrielle Moyer also saw some time in the circle pitching four innings allowing seven runs on eight hits.
Next Up – The Bobcats will be back in action on Sunday when they travel to Emmanuel (GA) College for another Conference Carolinas doubleheader. First pitch of the twin bill is set for 1 p.m.