Photo Courtesy of Jake Miller
BANNER ELK, N.C. – After playing eight games on its home field last week, the Lees-McRae College softball team will hit the road this weekend for a pair of doubleheaders at Mount Olive Saturday and at Barton Sunday. Saturday's games are scheduled to get underway at 2 p.m., while Sunday's action is set to begin at noon.
Last time out – The Bobcats evened their conference record at 2-2 last Sunday when they swept a doubleheader from Southern Wesleyan. Lees-McRae won game one by a score of 7-0 before knocking off the Warriors again in game two, 14-5, in five innings. With the pair of wins, the Bobcats are now 8-10 on the season.
Slugging sophomore – Sophomore first baseman Katie Robinson has been one of the top players in not only Conference Carolinas but also in the nation this season when it comes to hitting extra-base hits. Robinson's .932 slugging percentage tops the conference and ranks ninth nationally. To put Robinson's slugging percentage number in perspective, the program's single-season record for slugging percentage was .691 by Lindsey Huntsinger back in 2011.
Pitching on the road – Lees-McRae should feel good about heading out on the road this weekend because its pitching staff has fared well away from the High Country. As a team, the Bobcats are sporting an 1.97 ERA in road or neutral site contests compared to a 5.08 ERA at home.
About Mount Olive and Barton – After closing out 2018 with a sub-.500 record, Mount Olive has enjoyed a bounce back year in 2019. UMO comes into the weekend with a record of 18-10. UMO is a team that relies heavily on speed as it currently leads the conference with 75 stolen bases. The 75 steals rank eighth nationally in Division II softball.
Barton, meanwhile, is currently 13-16 overall but 3-1 in Conference Carolinas play. The Bulldogs are led individually by Jessica Onega. Onega, who took home Conference Carolinas Player of the Week honors last week, is tied for second in the conference with 32 hits this spring.
Series History vs. Opponents - Lees-McRae has seen Barton and Mount Olive several times over the years. Against Mount Olive, the Bobcats are 7-22 but they have won three of the last four in the series. As for Barton, the Bobcats and Bulldogs have each won 13 games against each other since 2006.