ANDERSON, S.C. - The Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats softball team used a doubleheader sweep, 5-4 and 4-3, of the Anderson University Lady Trojans Thursday afternoon to take the top spot in the Conference Carolinas with 10-6 overall record and 3-1 record in the conference.
In game one, the Lady Bobcats got on the scoreboard first in the second inning when Magen West hit a solo homerun to make it 1-0.
Lees-McRae extended its lead in the fifth innining when Amanda Leonard and Heather Collison reached on Anderson errors. Kim Coley had a pinch-hit sacrifice fly that scored Leonard, and Veronica Ollier followed by knocking in Collison with an RBI double. Paula Fryar doubled to score Ollier to give the Lady Bobcats a 4-0 lead.
Anderson finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning with one and tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with three runs to send the game into extra innings.
Lees-McRae wasted no time in taking the lead in the eighth inning. With Meagan Knowles on second because of the international tiebreaker rules for softball, West led off with a walk and Leonard reached on an error scoring Knowles for the win.
Dodson, who bailed the Lady Bobcats out of trouble in the seventh, held the Lady Trojans to earn the 4-3 win in the circle. West, who started the game, didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning. She also recorded nine strikeouts.
West led the Lady Bobcat offense with her solo homerun, and Ollier reached base twice in four plate appearances.
In game two, the Lady Bobcats struck first with a two-run first inning to take a 2-0 lead. Ollier led off the game with a single, stole second and scored on a Dodson two-run homer.
Lees-McRae added to their lead with in the second inning when Kim Coley singled and reached second on a Knowles sacrifice bunt. Leonard then reached on an error, and Anna Carter drove in two runs with her double to extend the lead to 4-0.
Anderson scratched across two runs in the second inning highlighted by a solo homerun and cut the lead to 4-3 in the third inning on two hits that scored one run.
The Lady Trojans couldn't complete the comeback as Dodson earned her second win of the day with a complete game performance. She allowed just six hits and recorded eight strikeouts.
Dodson, Fryar, Coley and Paige Coleman were 1-for-3 at the plate for the Lady Bobcats.
Lees-McRae will travel to Titusville, Fla. for the Cocoa Expo Tournament at Chain of Lakes Park for back-to-back games against Cedarville University and Ursuline College starting at 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 6th.
Pictured: Amanda Dodson