February 2, 2013

Bobcats drop season-opening twinbill to Newberry

NEWBERRY, S.C. --- Junior Alison Armstrong (Bellingham, Mass.) launched her first career home run to lead the Lees-McRae College softball team, as the Bobcats dropped a non-conference doubleheader to Newberry College on Saturday afternoon to open their season.

Newberry (2-0) won the opener by a score of 9-1 in five innings, pushing at least one run across in each frame, before completing the sweep by a tally of 7-1 in the night cap. The Wolves held Lees-McRae (0-2) to five hits on the day, including Armstrong's first collegiate home run in game two.

Armstrong tallied the Bobcats' lone RBI in the twin bill, as Kendall Fowler (Buford, Ga.), Sadie Lagle (Harmony, N.C.), Kristen Oakes (Lenoir, N.C.), and Brooke Sheridan (Rosman, N.C.) each recorded a base hit. Lagle posted Lees-McRae's second extra-base hit of the day with a double in the night cap.

Hollie Crickenberger (Boydton, Va.) got the nod in game one, allowing five earned runs and striking out one in four and a third innings of work. Oakes took the ball in the night cap, lasting six innings and striking out two.

Katie Capobianco, Casey Stevens, and Jennifer Yancey each paced Newberry with a three-hit day, combining to drive in five runs as 11 Wolves recorded at least one base hit. Darrian Jamison, Danielle Basch, Capobianco, and Stevens each drove in two runs for the Wolves.

Kaylyn Camacho took the ball in game one for Newberry, allowing one unearned run on just one walk in five innings of work. Shelley Jeffcoat got the nod in the night cap, surrendering one run on five hits and striking out five in a complete game effort.

Game One: Newberry 9, Lees-McRae 1 (Five innings) (Box Score)

Newberry opened the scoring in the bottom of the first, taking an early 1-0 advantage on an RBI double by Leah Hosking. The Wolves would extend the lead to 3-0 in the second, pushing across two runs following a pair of Bobcat miscues.

Capobianco added a run-scoring single in the third to stretch the margin to 4-0 before the Wolves tallied three in the fourth, pushing the lead to 7-0 on a two-run triple by Stevens. The Bobcats got on the board in the top of the fifth, cutting the lead to 7-1 when Lagle scampered home after forcing an errant throw on a sacrifice bunt by Oakes.

Newberry would cap the win with two in the bottom of the frame, invoking the eight-run rule on an RBI single by Brittany Phillips.

Game Two: Newberry 7, Lees-McRae 1 (Box Score)

Armstrong got the Bobcats on the board first in the night cap, launching a two-out homer to right center in the top of the first to give the Bobcats a 1-0 advantage. The Wolves would respond in the second, pushing across three runs in the second to take a 3-1 lead following a two-run triple from Basch.

Newberry added three runs in the fifth, stretching the advantage to 6-1 on a two-run double by Jamison before capping the scoring with a pinch-hit run-scoring single by Gwenell Crawford in the bottom of the sixth.

Lees-McRae returns to the diamond on Sunday when the Bobcats travel to Anderson, S.C. to take on Anderson University in a non-conference doubleheader at 1 p.m.

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