Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College softball team earned a split in its Conference Carolinas doubleheader against Erskine College Saturday afternoon at the LMC Softball Field. LMC came from behind to knock off the Flying Fleet in game one, 6-4, but Erskine rebounded to take game two, 6-1. The results Saturday push LMC's record on the season to 14-20 and 9-5 within league action.
Game One Recap – After being no-hit through the first three innings of game one, the Bobcat offense exploded with a five-run fourth inning, which proved to be the deciding factor in a 6-4 victory for Lees-McRae.
Katie Robinson and Caitlyn Ray provided the two big hits for LMC in the big fourth inning rally. Robinson connected on a two-run home run for her fifth of the season to get the rally started. After the long ball from Robinson, Ray found the gap for a two-run double to pull the Bobcats in front for good.
In the circle, Kara Cunningham picked up her 14th win of the season boosting her record to 14-9. Cunningham worked all seven innings allowing four runs on eight hits to go with five strikeouts. Cunningham is now just one win shy of tying the program record for the most wins by a pitcher in a single season.
Game Two Recap – Erskine was able to salvage a split against the Bobcats Saturday thanks to a stellar pitching performance by Hannah Houge. Houge kept LMC's offense off balance scattering six hits across seven innings in a complete game victory.
Emily Merriam drove in LMC's lone run in game two with a single in the bottom of the first. Sarah Beth Thomas accounted for two of the team's six hits, while Noel Cassidy notched the only extra-base hit for the Bobcats in game two with a double.
Freshman Cassidy Largen ended up getting tagged with the loss in game two after allowing five runs (all earned) in three-and-two-thirds innings of work. Cunningham came in to relieve Largen and tossed three-and-one-third innings and allowed just one run on four hits.
Next Up - The Bobcats will return to action next Tuesday for another conference twin bill against North Greenville. Game times for Tuesday are set for 2 and 4 p.m.