Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College softball team will close out its regular season this week with a trio of Conference Carolinas doubleheaders at home. LMC will face North Greenville on Wednesday, Emmanuel on Friday and King on Saturday. All three twin bills are set for 2 p.m. first pitches.
Last Time Out – LMC picked up a split Saturday afternoon against Erskine. The Bobcats won the first game, 6-4, but they lost game two by a score of 6-1. The split puts LMC's record at 14-20 overall and 9-5 within the conference.
Robinson on a Roll – Freshman Katie Robinson has been an integral part of Lees-McRae's offense this spring, especially lately. In the month of April, Robinson has hit three home runs and boasts a batting average of .364 in 22 at-bats. Overall, Robinson leads the team in home runs (5), RBI (18), walks (11) and batting average (.345).
At Home on the Mountain – With their final six games of the season played in Banner Elk, the Bobcats will look to maintain or even better their play on their home field this week. LMC is 4-2 in games played on its home field. Perhaps no player enjoys playing at home more than Caitlyn Ray as the sophomore is hitting .429 with two home runs, five RBI, seven runs scored and two stolen bases in six games.
About the Opponents – Two of Lees-McRae's opponents this week (NGU and King) sit directly in front of the Bobcats in the league standings. NGU is 24-12 overall and 11-5 in league action, the Tornado are 25-17 overall and 12-6 in conference play and the Lions are 18-22 overall and 6-10 in conference.
Some players to watch this week are NGU's Amber Coffrin, Emmanuel's Erin Harden and King's Kay Brokering. Both Coffrin and Harden are among the league leaders in pitching categories. Coffrin is second in wins (17), second in ERA (0.92) and fifth in strikeouts (116). Harden, meanwhile, leads all pitchers in the conference with 176 strikeouts. Finally, Brokering is the leading hitter in the league this spring sporting a .394 batting average, while also leading the league in RBI with 40.
Series Rewind – The Bobcats will look to snap long losing skids against King and North Greenville this week. LMC last defeated the Tornado in 2012, and it has never beaten the Crusaders in softball. In the series against Emmanuel, meanwhile, the Bobcats swept the Lions last season on the road.