Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College softball team opened its Conference Carolinas schedule with a pair of losses to North Greenville University Saturday at the LMC Softball Field. NGU won game one by a score of 10-3 before completing the sweep with a 7-3 win in game two. The results Saturday move Lees-McRae's record to 6-10 overall and 0-2 in league action.
Game 1 Recap – North Greenville flexed its muscles early and often in the first game of the day. The Crusaders slugged four home runs, which matched their team home run total in their first 19 games this spring. With the long ball from the Crusaders working, the Bobcats ended up falling in the first game, 10-3.
Even in defeat, the Bobcats had four players post multi-hit outings in game one. Katie Robinson led this charge going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Julie Gast, Noel Cassidy and Sarah Beth Thomas all had two-hit days for the Bobcats as well. Kara Cunningham and Katelyn Wyatt accounted for the other two hits for Lees-McRae in game one.
In the circle, Cunningham took the loss after five innings allowing six runs (five earned) on 10 hits. Cunningham's record on the season dips to 3-5 with the loss.
Game 2 Recap – NGU continued to hit well against the Bobcat pitching staff in game two. Backed by a 13-hit effort, North Greenville scored three runs in the first, added one in the second and closed the game by scoring three more runs in the seventh. This offensive outburst proved too much for the Bobcats as NGU won game two, 7-3.
The Bobcat offense was paced in game two by its two middle infielders in Gast and Caitlyn Ray. Gast went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a double. Ray, meanwhile, also went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Faith Cooke and Cunningham drove in the team's other two runs in the contest with sacrifice flies in the seventh and first innings, respectively.
Skylar Edwards was tagged with the loss in game two for the Bobcats after working one-plus innings allowing four runs on five hits. Edwards's record dips to 1-4 with the loss. Cunningham, meanwhile, logged six innings in the circle for Lees-McRae in game two allowing three runs on eight hits to go along with five strikeouts.
Next up – Lees-McRae will be back in action on Sunday when it hosts Southern Wesleyan in another Conference Carolinas doubleheader. First pitch for the twin bill is scheduled for 1 p.m.