CLERMONT, Fla. --- Freshman Karly McRary delivered the go-ahead hit in the top of the eighth to propel the Lees-McRae softball team to a 5-4 win against Wheaton (Ill.) in game before the team fell 6-0 to Northwood (Mich.) in day two of The Spring Games at Legends Way Tuesday in Clermont, Fla.
Lees-McRae 4, Wheaton (Ill.) 3 (8 Innings)
The Bobcats (4-15) saw junior Charlie Dutton (Monroe, Ga.) notch nine strikeouts for the second consecutive games while four freshmen registered a hit. The Thunder (3-2) saw their No. 8 hitter, Emily Bonga, drive in all three runs.
Coach Jaclin Poole's squad erupted for three runs in the top of the third to break a scoreless tie.
Freshman Kara Cunningham (Indian Trail, N.C.) followed suit with a run-scoring single.
Sophomore Sarah Tucker (Monroe, N.C.) drove in McRary (Marion, N.C.) with a long double to right center.
The Thunder cut the deficit to two after Bonga drove in pinch runner Sophie Kent in the bottom of the fourth.
Bonga struck again in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run single to center.
Both pitchers held the opposing offenses in check in the seven.
McRary drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth with two outs with a single to center. Stallings scored the run after being placed on second due to the international tiebreaker.
Junior Taylor Billings (Sophia, N.C.) (3-1) clamped down and earned the win with a pair of groundouts and a strike out in the bottom of the eighth.
Northwood (Mich.) 6, Lees-McRae 0
The Timberwolves (4-4) grabbed the win after a complete game shutout from Maggie Mullen and a pair of triples from the offense. The Bobcats (4-16) saw Stallings increase her school record for stolen bases with a swipe in the bottom of the third.
Both offenses were mum through the first three innings while the score was tied at 0.
NU used four hits to plate three runs in the top of the fourth.
LMC threatened with consecutive singles to lead off the bottom of the inning, but NU induced a double play to thwart the threat.
The Timberwolves plated two in the fifth following three hits and a walk.
Tucker paced the Bobcat offense with two hits.
LMC takes on California (Pa.) and West Liberty Thursday March 10 at 3 & 5 p.m., respectively, in Clermont, Fla.
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