April 2, 2012

Saints sweep twin-bill from Bobcats

GAFFNEY, S.C. --- Limestone College's Leah Quant took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of game two, and the Saint softball team held off a late rally by Lees-McRae College in game two of a Conference Carolinas doubleheader on Monday afternoon to complete the twin-bill sweep.

Limestone (17-23, 7-7 CC) collected 13 hits in the doubleheader, including 11 in game two, while limiting Lees-McRae (12-27, 3-9 CC) to two runs and seven base knocks on the afternoon.

Karli Robb (Hayes, Va.) paced the Bobcats with two hits, as Amanda Decker (Apex, N.C.) and Kristen Oakes (Lenoir, N.C.) each drove in a run. Laurel Gregg (Mars Hill, N.C.) pitched well in game one, allowing one unearned run on two hits and striking out five in six innings of work. Holi Crickenberger (Boydton, Va.) took the ball in game two, surrendering one earned run and striking out two through four innings. Oakes tossed the final two frames, allowing one run.

Game One: Limestone 1, Lees-McRae 0 (Box Score)

The opener proved to be a classic pitching duel, as the two starters allowed a combined four hits and nine base runners through four innings. Lees-McRae provided perhaps the best scoring threat in the fourth, when Kim Colley (Marion, N.C.) stroked a leadoff double and advanced to third on a sacrifice, before the Saints retired the final two batters of the frame to keep the score knotted at 0-0.

Limestone would score the only run of the game in the bottom of the sixth, as Kirstyn Burleson doubled to lead off the inning and later scored on a Bobcat miscue. The Bobcats got out of the inning with a clutch double play, as the Saints responded by retiring the side in the top of the seventh to seal the victory.

Game Two: Limestone 5, Lees-McRae 2 (Box Score)

Limestone got on the board early in the night cap, plating four runs in the bottom of the first on four hits and three Bobcat miscues to take a 4-0 lead following a bases-clearing triple by Kayla Kelley. The Saints would add a run on four hits in the sixth to push the advantage to 5-0 following an RBI single by Alex Aburto.

Quant was the story of the game for the Saints, as she allowed just two base runners courtesy of a pair of errors over the first six innings to take a no-hitter into the seventh. After the junior starter was relieved to start the seventh, Lees-McRae began to rally, pushing across two runs on RBI singles by Decker and Oakes before Quant re-entered. Quant then shut the door, retiring the final three batters of the inning to close out the win.

Lees-McRae returns to the diamond on Wednesday when the Bobcats host St. Andrews University in conference play at 3 p.m. at the Bobcat Softball Field.

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