Softball Splits Doubleheader Against Barton

WILSON, N.C. - The Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats softball team spilt a doubleheader against the Barton College Lady Bulldogs with a 5-1 win and a 1-0 loss Tuesday afternoon in a Conference Carolinas softball game.

The Lady Bobcats are now 8-12 overall and 2-2 in the conference, and Barton is 8-13 overall and 1-1 in the conference.

In game one, Lees-McRae got on the scoreboard first in the top of the fifth inning when Anna Carter singled to center. Pinch runner, Casey Talley, stole second and the scored when Nicole Salado reached on an error.

Barton would tie the game in the bottom of the second when they notched an unearned run, but the Lady Bobcats would claim the win the top of the seventh with four runs.

Carter started the inning off with a second and Meagan Knowles followed with a double to put runners on second and third with no outs. With one out Ashley Benfield singled to drive in a run and Kristie Moon single to drive in the second run of the inning. Paula Fryar followed with a single to score Benfield and scored when Nicole Baxter reached on an error to give the Lady Bobcats the 5-1 win.

Magen West went the distance for Lees-McRae in the circle allowing just four hits and no earned runs. She also struck out seven batters.

Carter led the Bobcats offensively with two hits and a walk. Moon was also 2-for-2 with a run scored and a RBI.

Game two was a pitching duel with Barton scoring the game's only run in the fourth inning off a Lady Bobcats error. Lees-McRae was outhit 7-2 in the contest.

Carter and Benfield had the team's only hits of the game.

West again went all seven innings allowing just one unearned run. In the two games, West threw 13 innings, recorded 10 strikeouts and gave up no earned runs.

Lees-McRae will return to the diamond Saturday at Queens at 1 p.m.