April 3, 2011

Cobras sweep Bobcats in twin-bill

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Kierstie Moon (Oxford, Ga.) went 2-for-7 from the plate with a run scored and an RBI to pace the Lees-McRae College softball team, but it was not enough to overcome the Coker College Cobras in Conference Carolinas action on Sunday.

Coker (17-17, 7-5 CC) swept the twin-bill by scores of 2-1 and 4-2. Three Bobcats (17-22, 5-5 CC) tallied two base knocks on the afternoon, as Moon, Anna Carter (Hurdle Mills, N.C.) and Kim Coley (Marion, N.C.) paced the attack. Laurel Gregg (Mars Hill, N.C.) pitched seven strong innings in the opener, taking a no-hit effort into the sixth inning before the Cobras broke through.

Jaclin Poole paced the Cobras with a 2-for-4 effort at the dish, while Stacy Burr drove in two of the six Coker runs on the afternoon. Sydney Greenwalt paced the Cobra strike, picking up the victory in game one and following with her first save of the season in the second.

Game One: Coker 2, Lees-McRae 1 (Box Score)

Coker took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, taking advantage of a two walks and a Bobcat miscue to plate a run.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Meagan Knowles (West Palm Beach, Fla.) ripped a single down the right field line, moving Alison Armstrong (Bellingham, Mass.) to third with two outs. Moon followed with a bloop single into left to drive in Armstrong for the tying run.

The Cobras responded loudly in the top of the sixth when Katie McElveen broke up Gregg's no-hit bid with a solo home run to left field to give Coker the 2-1 lead. Greenwalt closed the contest allowing one-hit over the next two innings to earn her seventh victory of the season.

Gregg finished the contest allowing two hits and striking out five in seven innings pitched, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned.

Game Two: Coker 4, Lees-McRae 2 (Box Score)

Lees-McRae quickly opened scoring in game two, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Moon doubled down the left field line, moving to third on a Karli Robb (Hayes, Va.) sacrifice fly to deep center and scoring on a Lindsey Huntsinger (Asheville, N.C.) sacrifice to deep left center.

The Bobcats extended the lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the second frame, which opened with a Coley single to right center. Coley advanced to third two pitches later when Carter ripped a single to left center to put runners on the corners with no outs. Bryce Campbell (Amherst, Va.) then laced a single between third and short to drive in Coley. The Cobras then rallied late to score four over the final three innings to earn the 4-2 victory.

The Bobcats return to the diamond on Thursday, traveling to Due West, S.C. to take on Erskine College in conference play. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. in Due West.

-LMC-