KISSIMMEE, Fla. --- Lori Fulmer (Prosperity, S.C.) lined a ball into left field to drive in Anna Carter (Hurdle Mills, N.C.) for the walk-off victory on Wednesday night to give the Lees-McRae College softball team a 6-5 comeback win over Chestnut Hill College in the eighth inning of the Bobcats' second win of the day at the Rebel Spring Games.
The Bobcats (10-11) battled their way to two wins on the day, overcoming a two-run deficit to force an extra frame in the nightcap following to a thrilling 4-3 victory over Holy Family University. Fulmer rebounded from a 0-for-2 performance in game one to go 3-for-4 with the game-winning RBI in the nightcap. Paige Coleman (Thomasville, N.C.) came in to go 1-of-2 in the nightcap, belting a homerun to deep left field to help lead the Bobcats back.
Magen West (Whitney, Texas) pitched five strong innings in game two, giving up just two hits and striking out eight to lead the Bobcats to victory. Laurel Gregg (Mars Hill, N.C.) picked up the victory in game one with four innings of three hit pitching, striking out five and walking two along the way. Bryce Campbell (Amherst, Va.) picked up the save in game one for her second of the season.
Game One: Lees-McRae 4, Holy Family 3 (Box Score)
The Bobcats jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead following a KIerstie Moon (Oxford, Ga.) single to third, and a Karli Robb (Hayes, N.C.) sacrifice to move her to third. Moon then scored on a passed ball to tally the game's first run.
Holy Family (1-6) tied the contest in the bottom of the first inning, when Bianca Robinson (Erial, N.Y.) laced a single to center field to plate Shauna Vennell (Bellmawr, N.J.), evening the contest at 1-1.
The Bobcats regained the advantage with two runs in the fourth inning, plating the first when Kim Coley (Marion, N.C.) scored on an illegal pitch to make it 2-1 for LMC. Fulmer scored next, crossing the plate on a Meagan Knowles (West Palm Beach, Fla.) single to give the Bobcats a 3-1 lead after three and a half innings.
The Tigers plated their second run in the bottom half of the fourth inning to cut the Lees-McRae advantage to one, before the Bobcats answered back with a Moon run in the top of the fifth to make it 4-2 in favor of Lees-McRae. Holy Family tallied another run in the bottom of the seventh inning when Kasey Barnes (Philadelphia, Pa.) crossed the plate after Lindsey Iden (Rushland, Pa.) singled to left center to equal the final margin of 4-3.
Gregg finished the game with four innings pitched, scattering three hits and giving up two runs (one earned) to earn her fourth victory of the season. Campbell finished with three innings pitched, giving up just one run on five hits while keeping the Tigers at bay to finish off the contest.
Game Two: Lees-McRae 6, Chestnut Hill 5 - Eight innings (Box Score)
The Chestnut Hill College Griffins opened their second contest with Lees-McRae by taking the early 1-0 lead in the first inning. The Bobcats responded quickly, plating two runs to take the 2-1 advantage in the bottom of the opening frame as Moon and Gregg crossed the plate on an error and an Alison Armstrong (Bellingham, Mass.) single, respectively.
The Griffins (1-5) continued to battle, fighting back to take a 5-3 advantage after a three-run third inning. Lees-McRae answered with a run of its own in the fifth, cutting the lead to 5-4 on a solo home run by Coleman. The Bobcats completed the rally in the sixth, scoring the tying run when Lindsey Huntsinger (Asheville N.C.) laced a ball to center field to score Fulmer and even the tally at 5-5.
The teams battled through the seventh inning and into the eighth, when the Bobcats ended the top half of the inning with a double play. West fielded the ball in the circle to start the twin-killing, firing it to Carter at first, who then gunned down the second runner at the plate to give the Bobcats their chance at the dish.
Lees-McRae took advantage of the international tie-break rule in the bottom of the frame, as Carter was placed on second to open the inning before moving to third on a passed ball. After the Griffins forced a groundout to third for the first out and Knowles reached on an error to put runners on the corners, Moon dribbled a single to third to load the bases for Fulmer.
The freshman shortstop took full advantage, ripping a low-and-away pitch past the Griffin's diving third baseman into left to score Carter from third for the game-winning run. With the sweep, the Bobcats run their record to 4-2 at the Rebel Spring Games and 10-11 on the season.
Lees-McRae returns to the diamond on Friday following a much needed day off, taking on Edinboro University at 5 p.m. and Wheeling Jesuit University at 6:30 p.m. The Rebel Spring Games tournament will wrap up on Saturday, with the Bobcats taking on St. Cloud State at 9 a.m. and concluding the week against Concordia - St. Paul at 11 a.m.
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