KISSIMMEE, Fla. --- The Lees-McRae softball team began their fourth day at the Rebel Spring Games in with a strong showing against the Scots of Edinboro University. The Bobcats (11-11) scored two final runs in the sixth inning to beat the Fighting Scots (5-4) with a final score of 6-2.
The Bobcats (11-11) had nine hits from seven different players. Seniors Paige Coleman (Thomasville, N.C.) and Meagan Knowles (West Palm Beach, Fla.) led the team, both going 2-for-3 at the plate.
After a quick first half inning for the Scots, the Bobcats were able to score one run with two hits in the bottom of the frame to take an early 1-0 lead. Kierstie Moon (Oxford, Ga.) knocked a single to center field to lead off the game, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Karli Robb (Hayes, Va.). Moon was then able to steal third before scoring when Coleman dropped a single into right field.
Edinboro answered in the top of the second inning as Ashley Black (Waterford, Penn.), who led off the inning with a walk, came around to score when Jade Thrower (Saxonburg, Penn.) laced a double to left center. After advancing to third on a passed ball, Thrower crossed the plate on a Bobcat error score the Scots' second run of the inning. Bobcat pitcher Laurel Gregg (Mars Hill, N.C.) then quieted Edinboro's rally, leaving two Scot's stranded on base.
The Bobcats were trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the third, when Lindsey Huntsinger (Asheville, N.C.) laced a one-out single to left center. Huntsinger then advanced to third on a double by Coleman, leaving runners at second and third for junior Kim Coley (Marion, N.C.). Coley laid down a sacrifice bunt in an attempted squeeze play, but Huntsinger was thrown out at home.
Anna Carter then doubled to left field, plating both Coleman and Coley, to put the Bobcats up 3-2. An error by the Edinboro second baseman allowed the third run of the inning to score, giving the Bobcats a 4-2 lead heading into the fourth.
The Scots offense stayed quiet for the remainder of the game, while Lees-McRae was able to strike once more in the bottom of the sixth, when Knowles singled to center field scoring both Alison Armstrong (Bellingham, Mass.) and Lori Fulmer (Prosperity, S.C.) to equal the final margin of 6-2.
Bryce Campbell (Lynchburg, Va.) and Gregg combined for the full seven innings, giving up eight hits and only one earned run. The Bobcats wrap up their stint at the Rebel Games with two games on Saturday morning against St. Cloud State University and Concordia University at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively.
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