April 17, 2009

Lady Bobcats Split on Day One of Conference Carolinas Softball Tournament

HARTSVILLE, S.C. - The Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats went 1-1 on the opening day of the Conference Carolinas Tournament with an opening round win over Anderson University, 9-1, and a second round loss to Mount Olive, 7-5.


In game one, Amanda Dodson threw a complete game recording five strikeouts and allowing only five hits. She was also 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI with the bat.

Anderson got on the scoreboard first in the top of the third inning when Amber Sutherland walked and scored on a Meredith Knox RBI single, but Lees-McRae battled back with a three-run bottom of the third inning.

Dodson started the rally when she reached on an error, and Anna Carter reached on an error with two outs to set up for a Paula Fryar three-run blast to give the Lady Bobcats a 3-1 lead.

The Lees-McRae offense never slowed down adding two unearned runs in the fourth inning on two more Anderson errors and a single by Meagan Knowles.

In the sixth inning, Dodson led off with a solo homer. After back-to-back singles by Knowles and Carter and two fielder's choices Magen West had a two RBI single to end the game at 9-1.

Fryar led the team with three RBI and scored two runs. Knowles chipped in with two hits in three at bats.

In game two against Mount Olive, Lees-McRae fell behind when Mount Olive scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning on a Kelly Minshew homerun.

Mount Olive added four more runs in the bottom of the second on two walks, three singles and a double to make it 5-0.

Lees-McRae tied the game in the top of the sixth inning with five runs, two earned. Carter started the rally with a single and was followed by a Kim Coley single. Dodson singled to load the bases with one out. Veronica Ollier was hit-by-a-pitch that scored Carter, and back-to-back singles by Knowles and Fryar scored Coley and Dodson. After a fielder's choice, Paige Coleman had a two RBI single to tie the game at five, but Ollier was thrown out trying to score, which ended the inning.

Mount Olive answered right back with two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Both runs scored following an error making them unearned to give the Trojans the 7-5.

Coleman led the Lees-McRae offense with one hit and two RBI.

The Lady Bobcats will attempt to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament when they play No. 9 seed Barton Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m.

Game one box score vs. Anderson

Game two box score vs. Mount Olive

Pictured: Amanda Dodson