February 13, 2011

Trojans rally to split with Bobcats

Box score

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. --- Lindsey Huntsinger (Asheville, N.C.) clubbed two home runs and drove in five runs to lead the Lees-McRae College softball team to a doubleheader split with Mount Olive College to open the Bobcats' Conference Carolinas schedule on Sunday afternoon.

Mount Olive (3-3, 1-1 CC) collected 20 hits on the day, plating nine runs and swiping four bases as a team. Lees-McRae (6-4, 1-1 CC) also produced at the plate, tallying 18 hits, eight runs and four extra base hits, including three home runs.

Huntsinger continued her early season tear with a 4-for-7 day, driving five runs while tallying her third and fourth home runs of the campaign. Paige Coleman (Thomasville, N.C.) added five hits and two RBI, while Karli Robb (Hayes, Va.) posted four base knocks, four runs scored, and her first home run of the season.

Laurel Gregg (Mars Hill, N.C.) got the nod in game one, allowing four runs on eight hits in seven innings of work en route to her second win of the season. Magen West (Whitney, Texas) made the start in game two, allowing five runs in six frames to pick up her first loss of the campaign.

Alyssa Bradshaw (Goldsboro, N.C.) paced the Trojans with a 4-for-5 day, tallying a double and four RBI, while Olivia Popin (High Point, N.C.) and Anna Munizza (Centreville, Va.) each added three hits. Munizza also chipped in two RBI as Robbin Kennedy (Chesapeake, Va.) notched a trio of base knocks.

Sarah Saunders (Suffolk, Va.) made the start for Mount Olive in game one, allowing three runs on four hits in two and one-thirds innings of work before being relieved by Carly White (Ash, N.C.), who took the loss after surrendering two runs on five hits over four frames. Kristin Ware (Lancaster, Calif.) got the nod in game two, allowing three runs and striking out seven to earn the win.

Game One: Lees-McRae 5, Mount Olive 4 (Box Score)

Huntsinger and Coleman stole the show in game one, combining for six hits and driving in all of Lees-McRae's five runs. After Mount Olive tallied a run in each of the first two innings, Lees-McRae answered in the third, taking a 3-2 lead when Huntsinger launched a three-run home run to left field, plating Robb and Kierstie Moon (Oxford, Ga.).

Mount Olive responded in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs on RBI singles by Kassie Lowe (Staley, N.C.) and Munizza to reclaim a 4-3 advantage heading into the seventh inning. Lees-McRae rallied once again in the seventh, taking the decisive 5-4 lead on a two-run single by Coleman that plated Huntsinger and Robb. Gregg then retired the Trojans in order in the bottom of the inning to secure the victory.

Game Two: Mount Olive 5, Lees-McRae 3 (Box Score)

Bradshaw exploded for the Trojans in the night cap, driving in four of Mount Olive's five runs with a 3-for-4 effort. The teams traded runs in the first to enter the second inning deadlocked at 1-1 after a solo shot by Robb and an RBI single from Bradshaw.

Mount Olive took the lead in the third, plating three runs on a two-run double by Bradshaw and an RBI groundout by Kara Tucker (Kinston, N.C.) to take a 4-1 advantage into the fourth. The Trojans then stretched the margin to 5-1 in the fourth inning on a run-scoring single from Bradshaw.

Huntsinger powered the Bobcats back into the conversation in the fifth, launching her fourth home run of the season and second of the day with a two-run shot, cutting the lead to 5-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. Ware shut the door from there, stranding a trio of Bobcats over the final two innings to preserve the win.

Lees-McRae returns to the diamond on Tuesday, Feb. 22 when the Bobcats travel to Harrogate, Tenn. for a non-conference doubleheader against Lincoln Memorial University. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.

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