BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Freshman Noel Cassidy hit a bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the sixth in game one and sophomore Sarah Tucker delivered a walkoff double in game two while the Lees-McRae softball team swept Erskine in Conference Carolinas action Tuesday afternoon at the LMC Softball Field in Banner Elk, N.C.
Lees-McRae 5, Erskine 3
The Bobcats (9-32, 5-12 CC) enjoyed a complete-game effort from Kara Cunningham (3-11). The Flying Fleet (26-15, 15-4) left six runners on base and amassed five hits.
EC's Reagan Davis broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third with a RBI single up the middle to score pinch runner Julia Cole.
LMC's offense was held in check until the sixth inning, before exploding for five runs.
Cunningham (Indian Trail, N.C.) sparked the rally with a single and moved to second following a walk from Emily Merriam (Myrtle Beach, S.C.).
Tucker (Monroe, N.C.) tied it with a double to right center.
Kasey Klutz (Leland, N.C.) drew a walk to load the bases with one out. Following a fielder's choice, Cassidy (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) promptly cleared them with a triple to right field.
The freshman would score on the play following a throwing error.
The Flying Fleet produced a rally of their own in the top of the seventh.
EC notched consecutive singles before a Christine Long single cut the deficit to three, 5-2.
Two batters later, LMC committed an error, allowing Brenna Warren to score. EC singled to load the bases with two outs, but Cunningham buckled down and used a flyout to left to end the contest.
Karly McRary (Marion, N.C.) singled and drew a walk in the contest.
Lees-McRae 2, Erskine 1
The Bobcats (10-32, 6-12) won their third of four contests after Charlie Dutton (3-12) tossed a three-hit gem. The Flying Fleet (26-16, 15-5) entered the day atop the conference standings, but fell into a tie for second.
Coach Jaclin Poole's offense bashed out 11 hits while four players had multi-hit games.
Cunningham led off the bottom of the first with a single and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.
Tucker put LMC up 1-0 with a double down the left field line.
Dutton (Monroe, Ga.) cruised through the first five innings and allowed only two hits during the span.
EC tied the game on a contested play at the plate following a sacrifice fly. Brittany Rhinehardt tagged up on a Sydney Smith flyball and was called safe by a matter of inches at the plate.
Dutton collected her second hit of the contest in the bottom of the sixth to put runners on first and second with one out. Dutton is on a roll at the dish, amassing five hits in her last 10 at-bats.
EC's Candace Fitch (10-7) worked out of the jam with a fielder's choice and a strikeout.
Klutz and McRary singled in the bottom of the seventh to set the table for Tucker.
The sophomore delivered in dramatic fashion with a frozen rope walkoff double to left field.
LMC beat Erskine for the first time since April 7, 2011 (1-0, 8 innings).
The Bobcats travel to North Greenville for a crucial CC doubleheader at 2 & 4 p.m. in Tigerville, S.C.
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