Photo Courtesy of Jake Miller
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College softball team picked up a split Saturday afternoon in Conference Carolinas action at Mount Olive. The Bobcats won game one by a score of 1-0 in eight innings before falling in game two, 3-1. The split Saturday moved Lees-McRae's overall record to 9-11 and 3-3 in conference action.
Game 1 Recap – The first game of the day was the definition of a pitcher's duel. Lees-McRae's Kara Cunningham, who ended up getting the win, pitched all eight innings for the Bobcats surrendering just three hits and two walks to go along with 14 strikeouts. The 14 strikeouts by Cunningham was a new career-best for Cunningham.
With both pitchers on their game, offense was at a premium. The eventual winning run was scored by Bryanna Thomas. Thomas, who was placed on second base at the beginning of the extra frame, was moved up to third thanks to a sacrifice bunt by Julie Gast. After the successful sacrifice bunt, Cunningham drove in Thomas with a single to plate the lone run of the contest and give the Bobcats the 1-0 victory.
Game 2 Recap – The difference in game two came in the bottom of the fifth inning when the Trojans scored three times to go up 3-0. Lees-McRae answered with a run in the top of the sixth, but it could not scratch across any more runs as UMO won the contest, 3-1.
Emily Merriam and Thomas led the Bobcat offense with two hits each. Lees-McRae's lone run came via solo home run by Faith Cooke in the sixth inning. For Cooke, it's her sixth home run of the season, which is tied for the fifth-most by a player in a single-season in program history.
Freshman Skylar Edwards, who started game two for the Bobcats, took the loss in the circle after working 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on five hits to go along with two strikeouts. The loss pushes Edwards's record to 1-5 on the season.
Next Up – The Bobcats will be back in action Sunday when they visit Barton College in another Conference Carolinas doubleheader. First pitch for the twin bill is set for noon.