Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College softball team split a pair of games Sunday afternoon in Conference Carolinas action against Barton. LMC dropped a close one to the Bulldogs in game one, 2-0, before rebounding to defeat Barton 9-1 in six innings in game two. The results Sunday push LMC's record to 13-17 overall and 8-2 in conference action.
Game 1 Recap – Barton scored a pair of runs in the top of the first inning of game one, which proved to be all the offense it needed as it ended up winning the opening contest of the day, 2-0. Barton's starting pitcher Hannah Jones kept LMC's offense in check scattering five singles in the shutout victory.
In addition to her work with the bat, Cunningham also was LMC's starting pitcher in game one. The junior hurler allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and struck out six hitters during her outing.
Game 2 Recap – After not scoring a run in the first game of the day, the Bobcats definitely made up for lost time in game two. LMC pounded out nine hits, including six extra-base hits on its way to a 9-1 victory over the Bulldogs.
Caitlyn Ray and Emily Merriam both slugged home runs in the second game of the day with Merriam's blast ending the game in the bottom of the sixth. Noel Cassidy and Alix Green also had productive performances in game two. Cassidy went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and three RBI, while Green also went 2-for-3 with one RBI and two stolen bases.
Even though she did not start game two in the circle, Cunningham ended up picking up her 13th win of the season. Cunningham, who relieved starter Cassidy Largen, tossed three-and-two-third innings of shutout relief with four strikeouts. The Indian Trail, North Carolina native, who allowed just one hit during her relief appearance, is now just three wins shy of breaking the program's record for the most wins by a Bobcat pitcher in a single season.
Next Up – The Bobcats will head out on the road for the final time during the regular season this Wednesday when they travel to Limestone for a doubleheader. The twin bill between the Bobcats and Saints is set for 2 p.m.