BELMONT, N.C. --- Junior Taylor Billings pitched a complete game gem and the offense produced two runs in the sixth in game one while the Lees-McRae softball team split with Belmont Abbey in Conference Carolinas play Saturday afternoon at Crusader Field in Belmont, N.C.
Lees-McRae 3, Belmont Abbey 2
The Bobcats' (6-21, 2-3 CC) Billings (Sophia, N.C.) (4-3) scattered seven hits while allowing two runs and striking out one. The Crusaders (10-23, 4-9) enjoyed a two-hit game from Jena Reisenaur.
LMC plated an early run after freshman Kara Cunningham (Indian Trail, N.C.) opened the contest with a walk.
Reisenauer tied it a one in the bottom of the first with a RBI single.
BAC's Mackenzie Dziendziel put the home team up, 2-1, in the bottom of the second after connecting on a RBI single.
Coach Jaclin Poole's team scored twice in the top of the sixth.
LMC took advantage of an error to score both runs on the same play while Sarah Tucker (Monroe, N.C.) reached on a fielder's choice.
Billings worked around a two-out double in the bottom of the seventh to clamp down and grab the win.
Belmont Abbey 2, Lees-McRae 1
The Crusaders (11-23, 5-9) saw Brittany Ortiz collect a pair of RBI. The Bobcats (6-22, 2-4) saw the bottom portion of their lineup produce five of their six hits.
Sophomore Kolleen Spears (Hickory, N.C.) went 2-for-3 in the contest.
Tucker singled in the top of the fourth with one out. Two batters later, Brea Lawson (King, N.C.) plated her with a run-scoring single.
Ortiz tied it at one in the bottom of the frame with a double.
BAC scored the decisive run in the bottom of the sixth on an Ortiz fielder's choice.
Junior Charlie Dutton (Monroe, Ga.) suffered the loss (1-8) despite allowing only one earned run.
LMC welcomes Mount Olive for a CC doubleheader at 2 & 4 p.m. Sunday, April 3 in Banner Elk, N.C.
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