MARS HILL, N.C. - Tara West held Lees-McRae to one hit in game one, and Natalie Haithcox belted two homeruns in game two of a softball doubleheader as Mars Hill swept Lees-McRae by scores of 11-0 in five innings and 9-2 to improve to 9-1 overall. The Bobcats fall to 6-6 overall.
In game one, Mars Hill scored four runs in the first inning. Ashley Angell scored on a wild pitch to get the Lions on the board. Leading 2-0, Taylor Morris hit a two-run single up the middle.
Already leading 7-0, Mars Hill added another four runs in the fourth inning. After Angell led off the inning by reaching on an error, Ashley Seawell jacked a two-run homerun over the left field fence to give the Lions a nine-run lead. Later in the inning, Amanda McArthur and Jade Bullins each recorded a RBI for the final tally.
West, from Urbana, Ohio, improved to 5-0 with the win in game one. She gave up no runs on one hit in four innings. Morris threw one inning of relief and also allowed only one hit.
Magen West dropped to 5-3 with the loss in game one. She surrendered eight earned runs on nine hits in only four innings.
Haithcox, from Asheboro, N.C., opened the scoring in game two in the second inning. She took Bryce Campbell out of the park on a solo shot to left field.
Lees-McRae answered in the next inning. Kim Coley hit a RBI double to center field and later scored off a Paige Coleman single to give the Bobcats a 2-1 advantage.
The Lions tied the game in the bottom of the inning and took the upper hand for good in the fourth. Haithcox led off the fourth inning with her second homerun of the game to give Mars Hill a 3-2 lead.
The Lions exploded for five runs in the sixth inning to put the game away. Bullins, with two RBI, Seawell, and Anna James all recorded a RBI in the inning.
Tiffany Farthing won her fourth game of the season in game two. She gave up two earned runs on three hits in four innings.
Morris earned her second save of the season with three innings of relief pitching. Like the first game, she allowed only one hit.
Campbell fell to 1-3 with the loss in game two. She allowed eight earned runs on 13 hits in six innings.