BRISTOL, Tenn. --- The Lees-McRae softball team dropped a pair of Conference Carolinas contests to King (Tenn.) Wednesday at the King Softball Field in Bristol, Tenn.
King (Tenn.) 4, Lees-McRae 0
The Tornado (7-14, 3-2 CC) used a complete game shutout effort from Morgan Lowe (6-5) while Chrissy Melcher produced most of the game's offense with three RBI.
The Bobcats (3-26, 0-5) were held to three hits while sophomore Charlie Dutton (Monroe, Ga.) (1-11) scattered eight hits on five innings of work.
King's offense got rolling on the second pitch of the game when Stephanie Rodriguez roped a leadoff triple to center field.
Melcher drove her in two batters later with an RBI single to left.
Freshman Sarah Tucker (Monroe, N.C.) stayed busy at third base by recording all three outs in the bottom of the third.
LMC loaded the bases in the top of the fifth after Alix Green (Little Mountain, S.C.) reached following a hit by pitch.
Rodriguez doubled to open the bottom of the fifth and would score on an Amanda Sports single up the middle.
Melcher delivered the knockout blow when she connected on a two-run blast to left, 4-0.
Both teams combined to leave 12 runners on base.
King (Tenn.) 5, Lees-McRae 1
The Tornado' (8-14, 4-2) Lauren Smith picked up her first win on the season by twirling a one-hitter.
The Bobcats (3-27, 0-6) failed to put a runner on after the fourth inning while Taylor Billings (Sophia, N.C.) scattered seven hits in 4.1 innings of work.
LMC's Amanda Decker (Apex, N.C.) reached on a fielding error before Green drove her in with a run-scoring double in the top of the second.
Green's knock was the Bobcats lone hit of the game.
The Tornado's Samantha Cole found a gap in right center and drove in a pair of runs in the bottom of the second while King grabbed a 2-1 lead.
Melcher continued her impressive day with a two-out triple in the third before scoring on a Hannah Smith single.
King tallied runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth.
LMC continues its 34-game road trip with a trip to Wilson, N.C. to battle Barton Saturday, March 28 in a doubleheader starting at 2:30 p.m.
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