Photo Courtesy of Sammy Croft
DUNCAN, S.C. – In perhaps its most dominant performance of the 2018 season, the Lees-McRae College softball team picked up a pair of wins on the road at Converse Thursday afternoon. LMC shut out the Valkyries in game one by the score of 6-0 before finishing off the sweep with a 7-2 victory in game two. The victories Thursday push Lees-McRae's record to 10-16 overall and 5-1 in conference play.
Game One Recap – Lees-McRae did a little bit of everything in its 6-0 win over the Valkyries to start Thursday's twin bill. The Bobcat offense pounded out 12 hits, which is one shy of a season-high for the team. LMC also ran the bases well stealing four bases in game one. To put this number in perspective, the Bobcats swiped 12 bases total in the season's first 24 games.
The combination of base running and hitting produced six runs, which was more than enough for pitcher Kara Cunningham. Cunningham tossed her third shutout of the 2018 season, and allowed just two baserunners in the contest to go along with five strikeouts.
Game Two Recap – The Bobcats sustained their momentum from the first game of the day into game two. LMC touched the Valkyries up for six runs on seven hits in the top of the first to stake itself to an early 6-0 lead. The six-run cushion proved too large for Converse to overcome as the Bobcats picked up their second conference sweep of the season with a 7-2 win.
LMC had several contributors offensively in the game two victory. Eight of the nine members of the starting lineup notched base hits in the win with three players tallying two-hit performances. The seven RBI were also spread out with five players driving in at least one. Chelsea Digregorio and Sarah Beth Thomas both knocked in a pair of runs out of the bottom third of the Bobcat batting order.
Cassidy Largen started game two in the circle for the Bobcats. Largen struggled with control as she walked three batters and did not record an out. With the bases loaded and nobody out, the Bobcats turned the ball over to Cunningham once again. Cunningham nearly repeated her performance from game one pitching seven innings allowing one run (not earned), two hits and three strikeouts. With that performance, Cunningham picked up her second win of the day and her 10th of the season moving her record to 10-7 on the spring. The 10 victories are the most for any Bobcat pitcher since 2011.
Next Up – Having won five of its last six games, Lees-McRae will look to keep this stellar streak of play rolling Wednesday when it hosts Brevard in a non-conference twin bill. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.