GREENVILLE, Tenn. – The Lees-McRae College softball team split a pair of games on the road at Tusculum Friday afternoon. LMC picked up a 10-8 victory in game one, but the Pioneers took game two by a final score of 11-6. With the results Friday, Lees-McRae's record stands at 5-9 on the season.
Game 1: In the first game of the twin bill, the Bobcats broke out the bats in a big way scoring a season-high 10 runs on 14 hits to earn a 10-8 victory over Tusculum. LMC started with a pair of runs in the first inning and followed that performance up with five in the fourth and three in the sixth.
Five different Bobcats posted two hits in game one. Sarah Stallings and Valerie Hickey were two of those players and also scored a pair of runs, while the duo of Kara Cunningham and Noel Cassidy also collected two hits and knocked in a pair of runs.
In the circle, Cunningham picked up her third win of the season to even her record at 3-3 on the season. Cunningham worked the first six innings, and Gabrielle Moyer closed the game out to pick up her first career save.
Game 2: Tusculum jumped on Lees-McRae early with five runs in the bottom half of the first inning and tacked on three more in the second to build an 8-1 lead on LMC after two innings. The Bobcats scored five runs of their own over the course of the next three innings, but the early deficit proved too large as the Pioneers finished off the 11-6 win.
Caitlyn Ray collected a career-high three hits and went 3-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI to lead LMC's hitters. Additionally, Emily Merriam launched a solo home run in the fifth for her first long ball of the season.
Charlie Dutton was saddled with the loss after allowing eight runs (four earned) in one-and-two-third innings of work. Dutton also allowed eight walks in the outing. Moyer finished out the game for LMC tossing four-and-one-third innings allowing just three runs on four hits.
Next Up: LMC will be back in action Sunday when it travels to Wise, Va. to take on UVA-Wise in another non-conference doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.