Photo Courtesy of Jacob Miller
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College softball team connected on six home runs Sunday afternoon en route to a pair of victories over Southern Wesleyan University at the LMC Softball Field. Lees-McRae won game one, 7-0, before knocking off the Warriors a second time by a score of 14-5 in five innings. The pair of victories move Lees-McRae's overall record to 8-10 and its league record to 2-2.
Game 1 Recap – The Bobcat offense came out swinging in game one pounding out 11 hits. With those 11 hits, Lees-McRae scored seven runs. The seven runs of support were more than enough for Kara Cunningham as she shut out the Warriors to help the Bobcats shut out SWU, 7-0.
The bulk of the Bobcat offense came from the duo of Caitlyn Ray and Katie Robinson. Ray went 2-for-4 with four RBI with her big hit being a three-run home run in the five-run fourth inning. Robinson, meanwhile, went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI as well. Rounding out the offensive leaders for the Bobcats in game one was Julie Gast, who finished 3-for-4 with a run scored.
In the circle, Cunningham tossed her first shutout of the season after striking out eight in seven innings of work. Cunningham did a wonderful job working around seven walks and three hits by SWU in the victory. The win pushes Cunningham's record on the season to 4-5.
Game 2 Recap – The early stages of Sunday's second game looked like it may go the way of Southern Wesleyan. SWU jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead on the Bobcats heading to the bottom of the second. Lees-McRae would rally in a major way, however, scoring the next 14 runs in the contest to fly past the Warriors on its way to a decisive 14-5 victory. The 14-run outburst by Lees-McRae in game two marked the team's most runs in a game since February 26, 2017 when it also scored 14 runs in a win at Milligan.
As the final score would indicate, there was no shortage of offense for the Bobcats in game two. Robinson once again led Lees-McRae offensively crushing two home runs and driving in five runs. With the three home runs Sunday, Robinson is now tied for seventh on the program's all-time home run list with 12. Not to be outdone, Faith Cooke also launched two balls over the fence for her second multi-home run game of the season. Cunningham drove in three runs in a 2-for-3 outing at the plate, while Mallory Myers, Emily Merriam and Bryanna Thomas all had multi-hit performances in win as well.
The victory in the circle for game two went to Gabrielle Moyer. Moyer, who came in to relieve starter Skylar Edwards, worked 3.1 innings allowing just one run on two hits. It marked Moyer's first victory since March 5, 2017 against Mars Hill.
Next up – The Bobcats will return to action next Saturday when they hit the road for the first time this season within the conference as they visit Mount Olive. First pitch for that twin bill is set for 2 p.m.