Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College softball team dropped a pair of non-conference games to Lincoln Memorial University Wednesday afternoon in Banner Elk. LMU won the first game by a score of 7-6 before finishing off the sweep with a 6-3 victory in game two. The pair of losses Wednesday push Lees-McRae's record on the season to 6-8.
Game 1 Recap – After four innings in game one it looked like the Bobcats would knock off the Railsplitters for just the fifth time this season as they led 5-2. Unfortunately, LMU mounted a rally with three runs in the fifth and single runs in the sixth and seventh to outlast the Bobcats, 7-6.
The trio of Kara Cunningham, Julie Gast and Faith Cooke did the bulk of the damage at the plate for the Bobcats in game one. Cunningham, who also started in the circle for Lees-McRae, went 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored. Gast also collected two hits in the contest finishing 2-for-4 with a pair of runs knocked in as well. Finally, Cooke went 2-for-3 with a pair of solo home runs. For Cooke, those long balls marked her second and third home runs of her freshman campaign.
Cunningham took the loss for Lees-McRae in game two after working all seven innings allowing seven runs (six earned) on six hits. Cunningham, who did finish with seven strikeouts in the game, sees her record dip to 3-4 with the defeat.
Game 2 Recap – The second game of the day also began well for the Bobcats as they held a 3-1 lead on the Railsplitters after three innings. However, much like they did in game one, the Railsplitters rallied to score three in the fourth and two in the sixth to pull in front and complete the sweep, 6-3.
Despite the loss, the Bobcats outhit the Raislplitters in game two, 8-7. Cooke continued her hot-hitting in game two finishing 2-for-4 with a RBI, while Bryanna Thomas also posted a two-hit outing in game two to go along with a RBI. The third Bobcat run came via a solo home run by Katie Robinson in the third inning.
Sophomore Cassidy Largen ended up taking the loss for the Bobcats in game two after working the first 3.1 innings allowing four runs on four hits. Largen's record moves to 2-1 with the loss. Skylar Edwards also saw time in the circle for Lees-McRae in game two working 3.2 innings allowing two runs (none earned) on three hits.
Next up – The Bobcats will open their conference schedule Saturday as they welcome North Greenville to town. The twin bill between the Bobcats and Crusaders is set to get underway at 2 p.m.