Freshmen Impress in Day One of Coker Spring Tournament

Freshmen Impress in Day One of Coker Spring Tournament

HARTSVILLE, S.C. --- A quartet of Lees-McRae softball players turned in multi-hit games, but the teams dropped a 10-5 decision to West Virginia Tech before being blanked by West Virginia State, 2-0, in day of the Coker Spring Tournament at Byerly Park Saturday in Hartsville, S.C.

West Va. Tech 10, Lees-McRae 5
The Golden Bears (4-3) used a three-hit performance from S. Connelly while the team plated eight runs in the last two innings. The Bobcats' (1-10) five runs were driven in from the top three batters.

Freshmen Kara Cunningham (Indian Trail, N.C.) and Emily Merriam (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) had two hits and two RBI apiece.

LMC hung a four-spot in the bottom of third after sending seven batters to the plate.

Cunningham made it 2-0 with a single to run, plating Kasey Klutz (Leland, N.C.) and Sarah Beth Ashley (Walkertown, N.C.).

The next batter, Merriam, scored Sarah Stallings (Greensboro, N.C.) on a bunt single.

Freshman Noel Cassidy (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) lofted a sacrifice fly to center to cap off the scoring.

WVU Tech scored twice in the top of the fourth on wild pitches.

Merriam cranked a run-scoring double in the bottom of the fifth following a Cunningham single.

The Golden Bears took the lead with a four-run sixth inning. S Seewer blasted a two-run shot to center.

Five batters later, K. Corbin plated two with a single to center.

WVU Tech added four more in the top of the seventh after sending eight to the dish and rapping out for hits.

LMC threatened in the bottom of the seventh by putting a pair of runners on, but it was ended with a popout.

Stallings notched a pair of hits in the contest.

Sophomore Megan Paradise (Medina, Ohio) (0-1) took the loss after allowing six earned runs in five innings.

West Virginia State 2, Lees-McRae 0
The Yellow Jackets' (5-3) Allyson Burgess pitched a three-hit shutout. The Bobcats (1-11) used a strong performance from Cunningham (0-6), who went the distance an allowed two runs on six hits.

WVSU did all of its damage in the first two innings. The Yellow Jackets scored a single run in the first and second inning, both on singles.

Freshman Brea Lawson tallied a pair of singles while Kara Travis (Conover, N.C.) notched a single in the sixth.

LMC put the ball into play every batter while completing the game without a walk or strikeout.

The Bobcats play a pair of game starting at 11 a.m. Sunday in Hartsville, S.C.

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