March 22, 2007

Lady Bobcats Sweep King

After going 5-1 on a recent road trip to Georgia, the Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats continued their winning ways, defeating King College 7-0 and 15-14 in a double header Wednesday afternoon. The Lady Bobcats improve to 11-15 this season with the sweep of King.

Amanda Dodson went the distance on the mound for the Lady Bobcats, pitching a five hit shutout while striking out six. Dodson also contributed at the plate going one for three, scoring a run and picking up two RBI. Salle Horner and Dakota Beck each went two for three from the plate with Horner picking up two RBI. The 7-0 shutout was the third this season for the Lady Bobcats, and second in their past four games.

Game two saw plenty of offence from both teams as runs were scored in each inning of the tightly contested nightcap of the double header. King raced out to a three run lead in the top of the first, but the Lady Bobcats responded with a three run inning of their own to knot the score. After holding the visitors scoreless in the second, the Lady Bobcats gained their first lead of the contest with a two run second. With the score 7-4 in favor of the home side in the top of the fourth, King regained the lead with a grand slam off the bat of Amanda Crumpler. King would increase their lead to 9-7 in the fifth when Jena Rickard scored off of a Megan Heaton sacrifice fly. Paula Fryar and MJ Williams would tie things up for the Bobcats in the bottom of the fifth. Williams' double scored Fryar while Megan Davis knocked in Williams with a double of her own. In the seventh, Whitney Tweed blasted King's second grand slam of the game, giving the visitors a commanding 13-9 lead. Sara Travis was walked for the Lady Bobcats in the bottom of the seventh allowing Williams to get two back for the Lady Bobcats with her two run homerun. Reaching base on an error, Davis stole both second and third base with Horner at the plate. Horner's two run shot tied things up. Keri Austin's ground out left the teams tied, and headed for extra innings.

With the teams deadlocked at 13, international tie break rules were enforced where the hitting team starts the inning with a runner on second base. Crumpler started on second for King and advanced to third when Katie Hubbard grounded out. Crumpler would score off of Shannon Henry's single before the Lady Bobcats closed the inning by pitching King into a pair of pop outs.

The Lady Bobcats would need atleast one run to extend the game or two for the win. With Austin on second, Beck, (pictured top left), made things easy by launching a walk off home run to end the game, giving the Lady Bobcats their seventh win in their past eight games.

The Lady Bobcats will resume their Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference schedule this weekend hosting Queen's University of Charlotte in a double header. Games are slated for 2:00pm and 4:00pm.