Lady Bobcats Softball Breaks Into National Rankings

Athe conclusion of the 2007 season, the Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats softball team found itself ranked nationally for offensive and defensive team stats within the NCAA Division II ranks. notable team and individual conference accomplishments. The Lady Bobcats also posted notable team and individual numbers within the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference.

The Bobcats were ranked 50th in all NCAA teams for homeruns per game (.7), 46th for doubles hit per game (1.49) and tied for 50th in double plays per game (.30). The Bobcats also broke a NCAA record earlier this year for earning 8 double plays in 10 games over their spring break trip.
The Lady Bobcats finished the year with setting program highs in both offensive and defensive stats. The Lady Bobcats improved their CVAC ranking in defense from sixth to fourth and dramatically improved their offensive outout, improving from tenth in 2006, to fifth in 2007.

After graduating All Conference hurler Hannah Morgan in 2006, the Bobcats overall pitching ranking in conference went down from 6th to 10thwith a 4.99 ERA this year. However, the Bobcats are looking forward to building upon the success of last year's freshman Amanda Dodson (Walnut Cove, NC) and newcomer Magen West (Whitney, TX). Dodson was 5th in the conference for strikeouts with 133 in 133 innings pitched, earning 2nd team All-Conference honors for a solid freshman performance. West is a true freshman with whom the Bobcats will look to for debt and consistency on the mound this year.

Also ranked amongst the CVAC leaders was second baseman Salle' Horner (lexington, SC). The Lady Bobcats Captain, (pictured top left), and a rising junior, Horner finished the year ranked second in runs scored in the conference with 44 and third in stolen bases with 21 while being selected Second Team All-CVAC. Rising senior Melody Jo Williams (Scranton, NC), joined Horner on the All Conference Second Team.

Head Coach Julie Kennedy is looking forward to building upon the successes of last season in hopes of a more well-rounded attack this year. "We will be in better shape mentally and physically, our pitchers will have more experience and our leaders will be seasoned and trained. The growing pains of last year and vision of reaching our potential have motivated each of us to take this team to new levels."