KISSIMMEE, Fla. --- A six-run first inning helped pace the Lees-McRae College softball team to a 9-1 run-rule victory over University of Sciences in Philadelphia in their fourth game of the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla.
Ten different Bobcats garnered hits in the contest, as the Bobcats up their record to 8-11, and 2-2 in the Rebel Games. Lindsey Huntsinger (Asheville, N.C.) and Karli Robb (Hayes, Va.) both tallied two hits for the Bobcats, while Kierstie Moon (Oxford, Ga.) and Anna Carter (Hurdle Mills, N.C.) each recorded a pair of RBI.
The Bobcats came out strong in the first inning stringing together six hits to plate as many runs, and take a commanding early lead. Robb and Hunstinger started the rally with consecutive one out singles to centerfield and right field, respectively. Kim Coley (Marion, N.C.) singled to the shortstop, scoring Robb for the first run of the game.
Carter continued the rally, punching another hit to the shortstop scoring Huntsinger. Kayla Blackburn (Millers Creek, N.C.) laced a single to left field, plating Coley, leaving the bases loaded for Bryce Campbell (Amherst, Va.). Campbell was hit by a pitch, forcing in the fourth run of the inning for the Bobcats. Moon's single to left field then plated the final two runs of the inning leaving the Bobcats up 6-0.
The Devils of USP answered back in the top of the second inning scoring one run off a single to center field by Samantha Shaver (Wilkes-Barre Twp., Pa.).
That proved to be the only run of the day for the Devils, as the Bobcats pulled together to score two in the fourth inning to go up 8-1. Lees-McRae ended the game early in the fifth inning scoring another run off of three hits.
Campbell led off the inning with a double to right field, and Robb placed a bunt down the third base line loading the bases for freshman Alison Armstrong (Bellingham, Mass.), who stroked the ball to left field to score pinch-runner Meagan Knowles (West Palm Beach, Fla.) to end the game with a final score of 9-1.
Senior Magen West (Whitney, Texas) and freshman Hollie Crickenberger (Boydton, Va.) pulled together giving up only four hits and two walks, allowing the Devils only one run in five innings of work.
The Bobcats continue their stint at the Rebel Games tomorrow as they face Holy Family in a game scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
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