MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats women's softball team lost two one-run ball games, 2-1 and 1-0, to the Mount Olive College Trojans Thursday afternoon in a Conference Carolinas doubleheader sweep.
In the first game, Sarah Saunders gave up an infield single to Veronica Ollier to start the game, then retired 11 consecutive batters before allowing a two-out single in the fourth. Saunders struck out five and scattered five hits for the game.
Lees-McRae (14-8, 3-3) broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth as Meagan Knowles' one-out double put runners on second and third. Kim Coley scored on Ashley Benfield's dribbler down the third base line to put the Bobcats on top 1-0. Mount Olive escaped further trouble with an inning-ending 1-4-2 double play as Saunders retired Ollier at first and Katie Nalley threw Knowles out at the plate.
Mount Olive (12-11-1, 3-1) had a base hit in each of the first
four innings, but was held scoreless until the bottom of the fifth.
Morgan Whaley doubled to center with one out, advanced to third on
a groundout and scored on Kat Cahoon's single through the right
side to tie the game 1-1.
Saunders retired the side in order in the sixth and seventh, while Lees-McRae pitcher Katie Alexander withstood a sixth-inning error and a two-out single in the seventh to force extra innings.
Lees-McRae advanced the international tie-breaker runner from second to third on a sacrifice, but Saunders retired the next two batters on groundouts to prevent the go-ahead run.
Cahoon was placed on second to start the bottom of the eighth inning and advanced to third on Minshew's groundout. Alyssa Bradshaw sent a 1-1 pitch up the middle to plate Cahoon and give the Trojans the win. Cahoon and Bradshaw had two hits apiece as the Trojans collected eight hits.
In the nightcap, Cahoon beat out an infield single with one out in the bottom of the first, then stole second. Kelly Minshew drove a pitch to center field to drive in Cahoon.
Mount Olive had a chance to break the game open in the bottom of the fourth, capitalizing on a pair of throwing errors to load the bases with one out. But Coley caught a fly ball in center and threw a runner out at the plate for the inning-ending double play.
Magen West tossed a six-hitter in the loss.
Lees-McRae travels to St. Andrews Saturday at 2 p.m. for a Conference Carolinas doubleheader.
Pictured: Kim Coley