CENTRAL, S.C. – The Lees-McRae College softball team used back-to-back outstanding pitching performances to down Southern Wesleyan twice Saturday afternoon by scores of 3-0 and 1-0. The pair of victories improve Lees-McRae's record to 7-15 overall and 2-0 in Conference Carolinas play.
Game One Recap – Both Lees-McRae and Southern Wesleyan had plenty of opportunities to break the opening game of the day wide open. Thanks to a stellar pitching performance from Kara Cunningham, the Bobcats kept the Warriors off the scoreboard allowing their offense to scratch across three runs to pick up a 3-0 victory in game one.
Lees-McRae notched single runs in the second, third and fourth innings in game one. Katie Robinson got the Bobcats on the board with a double to score Sarah Tucker. Tucker came up again in the third and knocked in Kirsten Doss to make it 2-0 LMC. Noel Cassidy drove in the final run with a clutch two-out RBI single in the fourth scoring Caitlyn Ray.
Cunningham picked up her sixth victory and second shutout of the season with the game one victory over the Warriors. The Indian Trail, North Carolina native struck out seven Warrior hitters, while scattering five hits across seven innings of work.
Game Two Recap – Neither offense had much luck in the backend of Saturday's twin bill. The lone run in LMC's 1-0 win came on a sacrifice fly by Mallory Myers to plate Doss in the second inning. That run held up though as the duo of Cunningham and Cassidy Largen kept SWU off the scoreboard to help lift the Bobcats to their seventh win of the season.
Largen started game two for the Bobcats. The freshman pitcher did not allow a hit in her outing, but she was lifted in the fourth inning for Cunningham as the Warriors had runners on second and first with two outs. Cunningham got the Bobcats out of the jam and tossed the final 3.1 innings allowing just one hit to go along with five strikeouts. Thanks to her stellar relief outing, Cunningham picked up her second win of the day boosting her record to 7-7 this spring.
Next Up – The Bobcats will look to keep their unbeaten conference record intact next weekend when they visit Converse College on March 25 for a doubleheader. First pitch for the twin bill is set for 2 p.m. from Spartanburg, South Carolina.