Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
GREENWOOD, S.C. – The Lees-McRae College softball team battled a pair of rain delays on its way to splitting a pair of games on day one of the Bearcat Round Robin Tournament Friday in Greenwood, South Carolina. Lees-McRae fell in its first game to Lander, 4-0, but rebounded to outlast Mars Hill in eight innings, 2-1. With the results Friday, the Bobcats move to 3-5 on the season.
Game 1 recap – Lees-McRae and Lander started the first contest of the day with three scoreless frames with not very many run-scoring threats. However, things started to get going offensively in the fourth inning for both teams. After a leadoff double by Lees-McRae's Julie Gast got erased after she was caught stealing in the top half, Lander cracked the scoreboard first in the bottom half. After gaining momentum, the Bearcats tacked on three more runs in the fifth on their way to a 4-0 victory.
Gast led the way offensively for the Bobcats in game one going 2-for-3. Gast now has four multi-hit performances in seven games so far in her collegiate career. Fellow freshmen Faith Cooke and Emily King accounted for the other two hits for Lees-McRae against the Bearcats.
Skylar Edwards turned in her second straight stellar outing in the circle. Edwards pitched all six innings, while allowing four runs (one earned) on seven hits to go along with three strikeouts. The loss pushes Edwards's record on the season to 1-2.
Game 2 recap – Neither team had much going through the first four innings of Lees-McRae's second game of the day. Following a rain delay of over one hour, both teams seemed to find their respective hitting strokes. The two teams traded single runs in the sixth before the Bobcats scratched across the winning run in the top of the eighth to upend the Lions, 2-1.
Just like in the first game, the Bobcats totaled just four hits in this matchup against Mars Hill. Katie Robinson went 2-for-3 to pace the hitting efforts for Lees-McRae, while Noel Cassidy went 1-for-4 with a RBI and Bryanna Thomas went 1-for-2 with a run scored and a walk.
In her first start of the 2019 season, sophomore Cassidy Largen turned in her best outing of her career as a Bobcat tossing all eight innings allowing one run on five hits with two strikeouts. The victory not only gave the Bobcats a split on the day but it also was Largen's first of her collegiate career.
Next up – Lees-McRae will take on both Lander and Mars Hill again on Saturday. The Bobcats will take on Lander at 11 a.m. before closing out their weekend with a matchup against the Lions starting around 1:30 p.m.