April 16, 2011

Bobcats rally past Falcons, 4-2

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. --- The Lees-McRae College softball team continued its postseason run in the Conference Carolinas Tournament on Saturday, rallying past eighth-seeded Pfeiffer University to earn a 4-2 victory and advance into the semifinal round.

Meagan Knowles (West Palm Beach, Fla.) tallied a 2-for-3 day at the dish, scoring two runs to pace the Bobcats in the second contest of day two. Magen West (Whitney, Texas) pitched seven solid innings to earn the victory, allowing two runs on five hits, and striking out three en route to the win.

The Falcons entered the contest looking to continue their run in the tournament, hoping to knock off their third tough opponent of the weekend after defeating top-seeded Limestone College and third-seeded Coker College to move into the consolation quarter finals.

Pfeiffer struck quickly in the top of the first when Hannah Jackson scored to give Pfeiffer the 1-0 advantage. The Falcons added a second run in the top of the third to take a 2-0 lead into the home half of the inning.

The Bobcats kick-started the rally in the bottom of the third inning, when Knowles scored on a sacrifice fly by Karli Robb (Hayes, Va.) to cut the Falcon lead to 2-1. Lees-McRae then tied the contest in the home half of the fifth inning behind a clutch single from Kierstie Moon (Oxford, Ga.) to drive in Knowles to even the tally at 2-2.

Kim Coley (Marion, N.C.) delivered the eventual deciding at-bat in the home half of the sixth, plating Lindsey Hunstinger (Asheville, N.C.) and pinch-runner Jessica Smith (Gastonia, N.C.) with a well-placed sacrifice bunt to give the Bobcats a 4-2 advantage.

West closed out the contest in the top of the seventh, retiring the side to push the Bobcats into the consolation portion of the semifinal round. The Bobcats are slated to take on Queens University of Charlotte, with the winner moving on the face second-seeded Erskine College in the championship series. The semifinal matchup against Queens got underway on Saturday, and was suspended in the top of the fourth inning with no score. Play is scheduled to resume on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.

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