The Rock holds off Bobcats, 9-6

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. --- Jenna Geibel (Butler, Pa.) scored a run and drove in two more in a two-hit effort to lead the Slippery Rock University softball team to a 9-6 victory over Lees-McRae College on Monday at the Rebel Spring Games Tournament.

The Rock (3-1) battled to score four runs over the final two innings to outlast the Bobcats (7-10) in each team's second contest of the day at the Rebel Spring Games. Shaylee Ianno (McMurray, Pa.) pitched a solid six innings, scattering three hits to close down the Bobcat attack and earn the victory.

Ianno started the contest, pitching the first two innings before being relieved by Lindsey Grace (Honeoye, N.Y.). She returned in the fourth, tossing the final four frames following a five-run outburst by the Bobcats in the previous innings.

The Rock opened the scoring early, plating five runs in the first two innings to take a quick 5-0 advantage. The Bobcats answered in the fourth inning, trimming the margin to 5-2 when Keirstie Moon (Oxford, Ga.) opened the inning with a free pass, moved to second on a single to right field by Karli Robb (Hayes, Va.), and scored when Lindsey Huntsinger (Asheville, N.C.) belted a double to left center to put the Bobcats on the board.

Paige Coleman (Thomasville, N.C.) added to the total by lining a single into center field, scoring Huntsinger and cutting the Lion advantage to 5-3. The Bobcats added two more on an Anna Carter (Hurdle Mills, N.C.) single that plated Lori Fulmer (Prosperity, S.C.), before Kim Coley (Marion, N.C.) scored on a passed ball to even the score at 5-5.

The Rock reclaimed the advantage in the bottom of the inning, taking a narrow 6-5 lead before pushing the margin to 9-5 with a three-run sixth. Hunstinger added to her day in the top of the seventh, launching her sixth home run of the season over the scoreboard in left to equal the final margin of 9-6.

Lees-McRae returns to the diamond on Tuesday when the Bobcats take on Northwood College at 1:00 p.m. and Sciences of Pennsylvania at 3:00 p.m. on their second day of action at the Rebel Springs Games.

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