Banner Elk, NC--In a Friday afternoon doubleheader the Lees-McRae women's softball team improved their record to 8-2 after splitting with visiting Milligan College. In the first game the Lady Bobcats answered back after the Lady Buffs homered in the first inning with two runs of their own in the third, holding on for a 2-1 victory. The Lady Buffs got hot in the second game, defeating LMC 9-2 to gain their first win of the young season, putting their record at 1-3 after today's games.
In the first game of the afternoon Head Coach Julie Kennedy called upon Amanda Dodson (Walnut Cove, NC) who pitched another tremendous game for the Lady Bobcats, striking out eight batters in seven innings and giving up only three hits in the winning effort. Defensively with Lady Bobcats stepped it up a notch in this game, helping out with nine groundouts and four flyouts while committing no errors.
In the batter's box, LMC got eight hits, three coming from junior captain Salle' Horner who also added stolen base in the game. The Lady Bobcats were able to convert four hits into two runs in the third inning after Horner led off with a single, followed by another single by second baseman Meagan Knowles (West Palm Beach, FL). The Lady Buffs managed to get two Lady Bobcats out before sophomore third baseman Paula Fryar (Clinton, NC) hit yet another single putting Knowles across the plate for the first run. Freshman Paige Coleman (Thomasville, NC) followed the score with a double, gaining a RBI when Anna Carter (Hurdle Mills, NC) scored from second base in what would be the winning run of the game.
Out on the mound for the second game was freshman Magen West (Whitney, TX) who had a shut going until the fifth inning when the Lady Buffs took advantage of the unseasoned pitcher, scoring six runs on four hits. West handed the ball over to relief pitcher Lauren Gisler (Peachtee City, GA) in the seventh inning after facing four batters and giving up two runs. Gisler, coming in with two on base and no outs, gave up no runs to finish the game with a great relief performance.
The only scores for the Lady Bobcats came in the second inning when catcher Paige Coleman, who was walked, and Conference Carolinas Player of the Week center fielder Megan Davis (Alexis, NC), who had singled, both scored on a hit by short stop Salle' Horner.
Lees-McRae will travel to Brevard College in Brevard, NC to take on the Tornados in non-conference action Saurday afternoon with games beginning at 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Milligan will resume play on February 20 when they travel to Williamsburg, KY to take on University of the Cumberlands.
PICTURED: Lauren Gisler