Bobcats rally for split with Eagles

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JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. --- The Lees-McRae College softball team rebounded to split a doubleheader against Carson-Newman College on Tuesday afternoon, rallying to defeat the Eagles by a score of 13-6 in non-conference action.

Lees-McRae (4-2) continued its strong start to the season, rebounding from a 10-2 setback in game one to defeat the Eagles (2-2) by a score of 13-6 in the night cap.

Lindsey Huntsinger (Asheville, N.C.) continued her hot run to open the season, going 3-for-5 with her second round-tripper of the season, as she helped pace the Lady Bobcats to a 13-6 victory in game two of the double-header. Meagan Knowles (West Palm Beach, Fla.) added a 1-for-2 performance, crossing the plate three times with a triple and three walks on the day.

Magen West (Whitney, Texas) took the ball in game two, pitching six solid innings and scattering 11 hits to hold the Eagles to just six runs, and earn her third victory of the season.

Game One: Carson-Newman 10, Lees-McRae 2 (Box Score)

Eagle pitcher Mary Shealy (Clinton, S.C.) took the circle for game one and hurled a gem, spreading four hits over five innings while allowing two runs in the opener.

The Eagles opened the scoring in the home half of the first, piecing together a two-out rally to plate a run and taking the early 1-0 lead when Shealy doubled home Bre Shoemake (Ooletewah, Tenn.) after a two-out walk. The Bobcats battled to close out the inning with just a one-run deficit.

The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the third when the Eagles rallied to plate four runs on four hits, and followed it with a four run fourth to push the total to a 9-0 lead after four innings.

In the top of the fifth, Knowles opened with a walk and moved to second after a Lori Fulmer (Prosperity, S.C.) sacrifice bunt put her into scoring position. Karli Robb (Hayes, Va.) followed with a two-out double to plate Knowles to cut the deficit to 9-1. Robb scored on a Huntsinger single to make it a 9-2 Eagle lead.

The Eagles closed out the contest in the bottom of the inning, piecing together a two-out rally to plate the game-winner, as Shealy crossed to earn the 10-2 victory.

Game Two: Lees-McRae 13, Carson-Newman 6 (Box Score)

The Bobcats opened game two picking up where they closed game one, matching their final inning tally by plating two runs to take the early 2-0 advantage at the end of the first when Laurel Gregg (Mars Hill, N.C.) singled home two runs on a one-out shot to right field.

The Eagles cut the deficit in half in the home portion of the inning, plating a run when Shoemake singled up the middle. Carson-Newman tied the contest in the bottom of the second with a run on three hits to even the tally at 2-2.

In the top halves of the third and fourth innings, the Bobcats pulled away with three runs, grabbing the lead with a Huntsinger blast to right in the top half of the third. The Bobcats added two more in the top of the fourth frame, plating Alison Armstrong (Bellingham, Mass.) and Knowles to take a 5-2 advantage.

The Eagles rallied in the bottom half of the fifth inning, plating three runs to even the tally at 5-5. The Bobcats then pieced together their best inning of the day with an eight-run sixth. Kierstie Moon opened the inning with a single to right before taking second on a passed ball. Following walks to Robb and Huntsinger to load the bases, Kim Coley (Marion, N.C) laced a double to right-center to clear the bases and push the advantage to 8-5.

Knowles then cleared the bases for a second time in the inning, lining a triple to right-center to plate Anna Carter (Hurdle Mills, N.C.), Armstrong, and Gregg, then scampering home on an Eagle error to tally the 13th and final run. West closed out the home half of the inning allowing one-run on two hits and stranding one on base for the complete game victory.

Lees-McRae returns to the diamond traveling to Raleigh, N.C. to take on Meredith College in a non-conference twin-bill. The doubleheader is slated to start at 1:00 p.m.

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