West Gives Lady Bobcats Split Against Lady Crusaders
BANNER ELK, N.C. - Magen West took a perfect game through three and two-thirds inning in her complete game shutout for the Lees-McRae College women's softball team over Belmont Abbey, 3-0, but the Lady Crusaders took game two of the Conference Carolinas doubleheader, 4-1.
West turned away the first 11 batters she faced before losing the perfect game and no-hitter. She finished the game going the distance with five strikeouts and no walks. She only allowed three hits, as well, to earn the win and improve to 10-14 overall.
The Lady Bobcats scored first in the first inning when Veronica Ollier singled and scored on a Paula Fryar RBI single to left.
Lees-McRae added two insurance runs in the fifth inning when Oliier started the inning off with a leadoff triple and scored on a Kim Coley RBI single. Coley came around the score on a single by Nicole Baxter.
Emily Self took the loss for The Abbey in the circle.
Ollier led the Lady Bobcats offensively by going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, and Coley had two hits in four trips to plate with an RBI and a run scored.
In game two, the two teams stayed deadlock until The Abbey notched a run in the fifth when Kim Anders singled and scored on a double by Kasey Kerley to give the Abbey the 1-0 lead.
The Crusaders added three more runs in the sixth on a Lady Bobcat error, a single and three run homerun by Anders.
Lees-McRae notched their only run in the seventh when Coley walked and scored on an Anna Carter sacrifice fly to give the game the final of 4-1.
Anders picked up the win in the circle for the Lady Crusaders by going seven innings and only allowing one hit. She also led the team offensively with two hits in three plate appearances, a run scored and three RBI.
Bryce Campbell was saddled with the loss for Lees-McRae.
After the split, Lees-McRae takes their season record to 12-24 overall and 5-7 in the conference, while The Abbey go to 18-20 overall and 9-8 in the conference.
The Lady Bobcats will take the diamond again Wednesday at 2 p.m. against Erskine for their next game.