RALEIGH, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College softball team split with Meredith College in a doubleheader on Saturday. Lindsey Huntsinger (Asheville, N.C.) continued her hot streak to open the season, going 3-for-4 on the day with three singles and three runs scored to help pace the Lady Bobcats (5-3). Magen West (Whitney, Texas) pitched five strong innings, allowing two hits to lead Lees-McRae to a 4-0 victory in game two.
Game One: Meredith 3, Lees-McRae 2
The Bobcats got on the board quickly when Paige Coleman (Thomasville, N.C.) drove in Huntsinger following a two-out walk. The Avenging Angels (1-1) closed the inning, and were unable to plate a run in the home half of the inning, leaving Lees-McRae on top 1-0 heading to the second.
Following a walk to Kayla Blackburn (Millers Creek, N.C.), Arielle Stout (Siler City, N.C.) struck out the side to close the top of the second. The Angels worked quickly to tie the contest at 1-1 in the bottom of the inning, but the Bobcats struck again in the top of the third, when Huntsinger reached first on a two-out single, and Coleman again drove her home to retake the advantage at 2-1.
The contest stayed locked at 2-1 until the bottom of the fourth inning, when Rebecca Leigh (High Point, N.C.) battled on with a walk, and moved to second on an error, scoring on an Ashley Green (Asheville, N.C.) double to knot the tally at 2-2. The Angels added the game winner in the bottom of the seventh inning, when Emily Cooke (Ahoskie, N.C.) crossed the plate to earn the 3-2 victory.
Laurel Gregg (Mars Hill, N.C.) worked seven innings, allowing four hits and three runs, only one of which was earned in the loss.
Game Two: Lees-McRae 4, Meredith 0
In the second contest of the twin-bill, West took the circle and fired a gem to lead the Bobcats to the victory. The contest remained tight until the top half of the third frame, when Karli Robb (Hayes, Va.) doubled to ignite a two-out rally, scoring on a Huntsinger single. Coleman laced a single to the grass to drive Huntsinger home to give the Bobcats the 2-0 advantage.
The Bobcats plated two more in the visitor half of the fourth. Blackburn opened the inning with a base-hit, and scored when Robb lined a single into right field. Huntsinger picked up her third one-bagger of the day, moving Robb to third, and Coleman tallied her fourth RBI of the doubleheader, scoring Robb on a ground-out to second.
West closed the door over the next two frames, with Hollie Crickenberger (Boydton, Va.) closing the contest out, giving up one hit in two innings of work. The Bobcats move to 5-3 on the season, continuing the road trip on Sunday, traveling to Mount Olive for a doubleheader. Game time is slated for 1:00 p.m. in Mount Olive, N.C.