Photo Courtesy of Matt Jones
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Lees-McRae College softball team split a pair of games on the road at King University Saturday afternoon in Bristol, Tennessee. The Tornado edged the Bobcats 1-0 in game one before Lees-McRae rebounded to take game two, 5-1. The split pushes Lees-McRae's 2019 record to 14-16 overall and 8-8 within conference action.
Game 1 Recap – Offense proved to be in short supply in game one between the Bobcats and Tornado. Lees-McRae's Kara Cunningham and King's Casey Gilbert were both on their games in the circle. The difference in the pitcher's duel came in the bottom of the fourth when Katelyn Davidson of King hit a solo home run off Cunningham to plate the only run of the contest.
In addition to her work in the circle, Cunningham also provided a boost with her bat as well. The senior from Indian Trail, North Carolina finished game one with a 3-for-3 effort at the plate with a double. Additionally, Mallory Myers also had a good outing in game one going 2-for-3 for the contest.
Cunningham ended up taking the loss moving her record to 8-7 on the season. Cunningham allowed just the one run on five hits with three walks to go along with five strikeouts in six innings of work.
Game 2 Recap – After being held scoreless in the first game of the day, the Bobcats came back with a vengeance in game two. Lees-McRae totaled 11 hits against Tornado starter Rachel Farmer, which led to five runs. The five runs of support proved to more than enough for the Bobcats to earn a split on the day winning game two, 5-1.
Four different Bobcats had multi-hit outings in game two. Pacing this group was senior Emily Merriam who drove in four of the team's five runs with a pair of doubles in a 2-for-4 outing at the plate. The duo of Julie Gast and Cunningham also went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the tilt, while Katelyn Wyatt went 2-for-3 as well. One of Cunningham's hits was another double, which made Cunningham the new all-time leader in doubles in the history of Lees-McRae softball with 39.
Sophomore Cassidy Largen posted a stellar outing in the circle for the Bobcats to help her team gain the split. Largen tossed seven innings allowing just one run on three hits to go along with a career-high eight strikeouts. Largen's record improves to 4-2 on the season with the victory.
Next Up – The Bobcats will be back in action on Monday as they welcome Converse to Banner Elk for a Conference Carolinas doubleheader. First pitch for the twin bill is set for 2 p.m.