Photo Courtesy of Sammy Croft
HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Lees-McRae College softball team dropped a pair of close games to open the Coker Spring Tournament on Saturday. First, the Bobcats fell to Bloomsburg by a score of 5-3 before being blanked by undefeated Coker in their second game of the day, 1-0. The results Saturday move LMC's record on the spring to 3-11.
Bloomsburg Recap – LMC struck first against Bloomsburg in its first game of the day thanks to a RBI single from Katie Robinson in the top of the second inning. The Huskies, however, would answer with four runs in their half of the same inning to pull in front for good winning by a 5-3 final score.
The Bobcats did mount a rally a couple times after Bloomsburg put up those four runs in the second. LMC scored a pair in the third after Noel Cassidy and Sarah Tucker produced run-scoring hits with a single and a double, respectively. Additionally, Lees-McRae also had runners on base in the fourth and fifth innings but could not scratch across any more runs.
Cassidy Largen was saddled with the loss after allowing five runs on six hits. Largen's record dips to 0-6 on the season with the loss.
Coker Recap – The second game of day was definitely controlled from the pitchers' circle. Just one run was scored on six hits between the two teams. The lone run of the contest came in the top of the sixth inning when a Bobcat error on sacrifice bunt by the Cobras allowed what turned out to be the winning run to score.
Kara Cunningham ended up getting tagged with the loss despite not having allowed an earned run in six innings of relief work. Cunningham, who also picked up one of LMC's two hits in the game, did strike out six Cobra hitters in her outing Saturday
Next Up – Lees-McRae will wrap up the Coker Spring Tournament Sunday morning when it will take on Fairmont State at 9 a.m. before taking on Charleston (W.V) at 11 a.m.