BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College softball team released its 2018 schedule Monday afternoon. The Bobcats, who are coming off their highest win total since 2011 with 15 wins last season, are set to play 46 games this spring with 23 coming at the LMC Softball Field.
LMC will begin its 2018 campaign with 18 straight games on the road in the month of February. The Bobcats will start with a trio of doubleheaders against regional foes in Carson Newman (Feb. 3), Anderson (Feb. 4) and Tusculum (Feb. 6). Sandwiched between double dips at Lander and USC Aiken on Feb. 17 and 18, the Bobcats will compete in a pair of tournaments at Lenoir-Rhyne (Feb. 10-11) and at Coker (Feb. 24-25).
Lees-McRae will make its home debut on March 2 when it hosts Mars Hill in a doubleheader. A day after that, LMC will head to Catawba for a non-conference twin bill. The Bobcats will then open conference play against the defending Conference Carolinas Tournament Champions North Greenville on March 10 in Banner Elk. Rounding out the season's second month are twin bills at Limestone (March 14), Southern Wesleyan (March 17), Converse (March 25), Belmont Abbey (March 27) along with a home double dip against Milligan on March 18.
After playing just six games on their home field in the season's first two months, the Bobcats will make up for it by playing all 12 of their games in April in Banner Elk. LMC is scheduled to take Brevard (April 4), Mount Olive (April 7), Barton (April 8), Erskine (April 14), Emmanuel (GA) (April 15) and King (April 21) in the final month of the regular season.
The 2018 Conference Carolinas Softball Tournament is scheduled for April 27-30 in Burlington, N.C.