April 16, 2011

Bobcat walk-off shocks Trojans, 4-3

Box score

HARTSVILLE, S.C. --- Paige Coleman (Thomasville, N.C.) belted a three-run walk-off home run to lead the Lees-McRae College softball team to a come-from-behind victory in its day two opener against Mount Olive College in Conference Carolinas Tournament play on Saturday morning.

The Bobcats used a seventh inning rally to overcome a three-run deficit and earn the 4-3 victory over the Trojans in an elimination contest. Laurel Gregg (Mars Hill, N.C.) picked up the victory, allowing five hits and three runs over seven innings from the circle.

Five different Trojans tallied base knocks on the day, with Alyssa Bradshaw and Kalie Smith each picking up an RBI to pace Mount Olive. Sarah Saunders led the Trojans in the circle, scattering eight hits and striking out six on the day.

The Trojans struck first in the top of the fourth inning, when Katie Moore reached on a fielder's choice and moved to second on a passed ball. Smith took advantage, lacing a single to right center to plate Moore and give Mount Olive the early 1-0 lead. Mount Olive added a pair of late runs in the top of the sixth and seventh innings to take a 3-0 advantage into the home half of the seventh.

Meagan Knowles (West Palm Beach, Fla.) opened the seventh with a single to left and advanced to third on a Kierstie Moon (Oxford, Ga.) double to center field, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Knowles then crossed the plate on a ground out from Karli Robb (Hayes, Va.) to cut the advantage to 3-1, as Moon ventured to third with one out.

The Trojans walked Lindsey Huntsinger (Asheville, N.C.) to put runners on the corners for the Bobcats with one-out in the final frame. Coleman took advantage of the situation, ripping the ball over the fence to drive in three and earn the walk-off victory for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats return to the diamond at 11 a.m. to face off with the surprise performer of the tournament in eight-seeded Pfeiffer University, as the teams square off for the chance to play in the consolation semifinal round against the loser of No. 2 Erskine College and No. 4 Queens University of Charlotte.

- LMC -