KISSIMMEE, Fla. --- The St. Cloud State University softball team plated two runs in the first inning and held Lees-McRae College to three hits en route to a 7-0 victory on the final day of the Rebel Spring Games.
St. Cloud (11-5) totaled seven runs on six hits, while taking advantage of two Lees-McRae (11-13) defensive miscues. The Huskies held the Bobcats off the base paths until the bottom of the fifth, while allowing just two LMC base runners to reach scoring position.
Six different Huskies recorded a hit, with the big knock of the day coming on a three-run home run by Jordan Schaffer (Hastings, Minn.) in the top of the seventh. Brit Krieg (Hudson, Wis.) earned the win for St. Cloud, allowing two hits and striking out one in five innings of work. Alyssa Roberts (Kenosha, Wis.) tossed the final two frames, surrendering one hit and recording two strikeouts.
Paige Coleman (Thomasville, N.C.), Kim Coley (Marion, N.C.) and Megan Knowles (West Palm Beach, Fla.) each tallied a hit for the Bobcats, as Laurel Gregg (Mars Hill, N.C.) pitched the first four innings, allowing three unearned runs on three hits and striking out six. Bryce Campbell (Amherst, Va.) tossed the final three innings for the Bobcats, surrendering three hits and striking out one.
The Huskies opened the scoring in the top of the first, plating the game's first run when Kelly Olson (Oak Grove, Minn.) scampered home on a Bobcat error after she led off the game with a triple to right. Chris Saiz (Sylmar, Calif.) then drove in Mikayla Hogan (Chippewa Falls, Wis.) with an RBI single to give St. Cloud an early 2-0 lead. St. Cloud added another run in the fourth, taking a 3-0 advantage when Casey Hiers (Plainfield, Ill.) crossed the plate on a defensive miscue by the Bobcats.
Lees-McRae's best scoring opportunity came in the bottom of the fifth, when Coleman and Coley dropped back-to-back singles into the outfield to lead off the inning and put runners on first and second for Anna Carter (Hurdle Mills, N.C.). After Carter dropped down a well-placed sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third, Krieg forced a timely double-play to end the inning and quell the rally.
St. Cloud capped the day's scoring with a pair of long balls in the seventh, pushing the lead to 4-0 on a leadoff solo shot by Jordyn Hubin (Chippewa Falls, Wis.) before Schaffer launched her three-run bomb later in the frame.
Lees-McRae returns to the diamond on Tuesday when the Bobcats travel to Salisbury, N.C. to take on Catawba College in a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.
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