March 7, 2011

Huntsinger powers Bobcats past Griffins, 8-3

Box score

KISSIMMEE, Fla. --- Lindsey Huntsinger (Asheville, N.C.) laced two hits and drove in three runs to lead the Lees-McRae College softball team to an 8-3 victory over Chestnut Hill College in their opening game of the Rebel Spring Games Tournament.

Anna Carter (Hurdle Mills, N.C.) added a single, driving in two runs in the fifth inning to help push the Bobcats (7-9) to victory. Laurel Gregg (Mars Hill, N.C.) and Bryce Campbell (Amherst, Va.) combined to hold the Griffins (0-2) to three runs on just three hits on a warm afternoon in Kissimmee.

The Griffins opened the scoring in the top of the first, plating two quick runs when Veronica Wilenta (Brock, N.J.) walked and scored on a Gianna Cavallo (Turnersville, N.J.) double. Chestnut Hill scored its second run moments later when Gina DeAnnutis (Hammonton, N.J.) laced a double to plate Cavallo.

The Bobcats struck back in the bottom of the inning, when Kierstie Moon (Oxford, Ga.) walked and took second base with a stolen base. Moon then moved to third on an illegal pitch, setting Huntsinger up for a sacrifice fly to right field to plate Moon and cut the Chestnut Hill advantage to 2-1.

The contest remained tied until the home half of the fourth inning when Meagan Knowles (West Palm Beach, Fla.) belted a double into left center to drive in Alison Armstrong (Bellingham, Mass.), giving the Bobcats the 3-2 advantage.

Carter pushed the lead to 5-2 in the fifth inning, driving in Kayla Blackburn (Millers Creek, N.C.) and Kim Coley (Marion, N.C.) with a two-run single. The Bobcats added three runs in the sixth behind three straight doubles to take an 8-2 advantage. Chestnut Hill capped the day's scoring with a run in the top of the seventh to equal the final margin of 8-3.

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