Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
HICKORY, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College softball team dropped a pair of extra-inning games on the road Saturday at Lenoir-Rhyne. Lees-McRae fell in game one by a score of 3-2 in eight innings before dropping game two by the score of 8-7 in eight innings.
Game 1 recap – The first game Saturday was ruled from the circle. Lees-McRae got on the board first thanks to RBI single from Julie Gast in the top of the first inning. Lenior-Rhyne chipped in with single runs in the second inning and fourth inning to gain the lead. Noel Cassidy connected on her first home run of the season in the sixth to tie the score and force the extra frame. The winning run came across in the bottom of the eighth after a fielder's choice and an error.
The trio of Cassidy, Gast and Katie Robinson all went 2-for-3 to lead the Bobcat offense in game one. Faith Cooke and Haven Birchfield also had hits for Lees-McRae. In the circle, Kara Cunningham took the loss after pitching seven-and-two-thirds allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits to go along with seven strikeouts.
Game 2 recap - The second game of the day had quite a bit more offense in it than its predecessor. Lees-McRae pounded out a season-high 15 hits in game two. Most of those hits came in the seven-run third inning, which gave the Bobcats a 7-4 lead. Credit to Lenoir-Rhyne though as it tied the game in the seventh when it was down to its final out. Lees-McRae answered the L-R rally to score one run in the top of the eighth before the Bears came back to score a pair in the bottom half of the frame to close out the contest, 8-7.
Pretty much every Bobcat got into the box score with a base hit or two in the second game of the day. Leading this charge was the tandem of Caitlyn Ray and Cunningham who had three hits a piece. Cunningham also took her second loss of the day after coming in to relieve starter Skylar Edwards. Edwards two-and-two-thirds innings allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits. Cunningham, meanwhile, did not allow an earned run in four-and-one-third innings.
Next up – The Bobcats will be back in action next Thursday when they travel to Carson-Newman for another non-league doubleheader. First pitch for the twin bill is set for 1 p.m.