March 24, 2011

Bobcats split with Saints, take game two 7-4

Box score

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Lindsey Huntsinger (Asheville, N.C.) went 3-for-5 at the plate with a home run and two runs scored to pace Lees-McRae College to a split with Limestone College in Conference Carolinas' softball action on Thursday.

Magen West (Whitney, Texas) grabbed the victory for the Bobcats (14-19, 2-2 CC) in game two, throwing five strong innings and allowing no earned runs, while Hollie Crickenberger (Boydton, Va.) picked up her first save of the season, closing out the contest allowing one hit in two innings of work.

Emily Wallace (Winchester, Ky.) picked up the victory in game one for the Saints (13-23-1, 4-2 CC), pitching five strong innings, facing the minimum and allowing just one hit to earn the victory. Hannah Mills (Richmond, Va.) tallied the big blow for the Saints in the opener, launching a two-run home run in the third to pace Limestone to victory.

Game One: Limestone 3, Lees-McRae 0 (Box Score)

The Saints opened scoring in the top of the third inning when Jordan Smith (Goose Creek, S.C.) laced a single into centerfield, and Mills followed two batters later with a two-run shot to center to give Limestone a 2-0 advantage.

The Bobcats threatened in the sixth as Alison Armstrong (Bellingham, Mass.) reached first on an error and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt to third by Karli Robb (Hayes, Va.). Shelby Webb (Hillard, Fla.) then closed the door on the Bobcat sixth with a strike-out followed by a line-out to end the inning. Webb closed the contest with two innings pitched, shutting down the Bobcats to earn the save for the Saints.

Game Two: Lees-McRae 7, Limestone 4 (Box Score)

The Saints opened game two with four runs in the top of the first inning, taking advantage of four Bobcat errors to take a quick 4-0 lead. The Bobcats responded in the bottom half of the inning, sending ten to the plate and scoring five to take a 5-4 lead after the opening frame.

Kierstie Moon (Oxford, Ga.) and Robb opened the inning with walks and Huntsinger loaded the bases, beating out a dribbler to third to bring up Paige Coleman (Thomasville, N.C.). Coleman and Kim Coley (Marion, N.C.) then plated two runs to cut the Saint advantage in half with no outs. Huntsinger scored on an error to trim the margin to 4-3 and following an out, Kayla Blackburn (Miller's Creek, N.C.) lined a single into right field to give the Bobcats a 5-4 lead.

The Bobcats added a sixth run in the home half of the second when Huntsinger blasted a 2-1 pitch over the left field fence for her eighth home run of the season. Moon added the final run, scoring on an error in the fourth to equal the final tally of 7-4.

The Bobcats return to the diamond on Saturday, March 26, traveling to Laurinburg, N.C. to take on St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Conference Carolinas action. Game time in Laurinburg is slated for 2 p.m. The Bobcats return home on Sunday, slated to host Pfeiffer University in conference action with play beginning at 2 p.m. at the Bobcat Softball Field.

- LMC -