Charlotte, NC--On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Charlotte, NC the Lady Bobcats outscored Conference Carolinas' foe Queens University of Charlotte Royals by a score of 8-1 in game one in women's softball action. However, the host school took advantage of defensive mistakes on the part of the Lady Bobcats to take the 6-3 victory in second game of the doubleheader. With the split, the Lady Bobcats stand at 10-6 overall and 1-3 in conference play. The Royals are 2-10 (1-1).
The Royals grabbed the lead in the bottom of the first inning, getting three of their four hits against the Lady Bobcats' Amanda Dodson (Walnut Cove, NC). After grounding out the first two batters, sophomore pitcher Dodson allowed the Royals' Mary Lee Giurintano a double which placed her in scoring position. Candi Marshburn then hit a single bringing in the go-ahead run. The Bobcats recovered and the Royals were left with two runners on base.
Lees-McRae, uncomfortable with Queens in the lead, fired up the bats in the top of the second. Dodson, in support of her cause, led off with a single, advancing on a groundout by Paige Coleman (Thomasville, NC). Sophomore Nicole Baxter (Denver, NC) then doubled to right center, scoring Dodson. When Lauren Gisler (Peachtree City, GA) struck out swinging, Baxter flew untouched to third putting her in position to score. After Elaine Beavers (Lebanon, VA) walked, captain Salle' Horner (Lexington, SC) reached first base on an error by the first baseman, scoring Baxter. Meagan Knowles (West Palm Beach, FL) then fired a double up the middle, gaining an RBI when Beavers scored giving the Lady Bobcats three runs in the inning.
The Lady Bobcats rallied around Dodson, who pitched the full seven innings, to shut the Royals out for the remainder of the game while continually building up their lead. Lees-McRae added a run in third when sophomore Paula Fryar (Clinton, NC) hit a lead off home run. In the fourth the Lady Bobcats took advantage of a walk and an error by the second baseman to score an additional run, putting the score at 5-0.
After a scoreless fifth inning Horner led off the sixth with a single, advanced to second on a groundout by Knowles, then stole third allowing her to score when Anna Carter (Hurdle Mills, NC) punched a single to right field. With a single from Magen West (Whitney, TX) and a triple from Beavers the Lady Bobcats tied up the 8-1 game one win.
The loss for the Royals was credited to Megan Campbell.
The Lady Bobcats started out strong in game two, scoring a run in the first inning after leadoff batter Horner got her second single of the day. Horner stole second, advanced to third on a Knowles' groundout, and then stole home on a wild pitch to give the Lady Bobcats the 1-0 lead. The Lady Bobcats then capitalized on two errors, two walks, and a single by pitcher Magen West to add two more runs in the second. The Royals, however, held LMC scoreless for the rest of the game.
The Royals, who themselves were until this time held scoreless, managed to get three hits, including a homerun to even up the score three all in the bottom of the third. The Royals added two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to give them the 6-3 lead which they held onto for the duration.
Queens accumulated ten hits during their six turns at bat, facing West, then Nicole Baxter, then West again on the mound.
The Lady Bobcats continue play tomorrow, traveling to Mars Hill
College in Mars Hill, NC for 1:00pm and 3:00pm games n
Pictured: Salle' Horner