Photo Courtesy of Jake Miller
WILSON, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College softball team picked up a split on the road at Barton College Sunday afternoon. The Bobcats won game one by a score of 3-0 before dropping game two, 8-7. The results Sunday move Lees-McRae's record to 10-12 overall and 4-4 within Conference Carolinas play.
Game 1 Recap – The story of game one was the stellar pitching of senior Kara Cunningham. The senior from Indian Trail, North Carolina tossed seven shutout innings, allowed two hits, walked just one hitter and struck out 10 batters. This extends a wonderful run of pitching for Cunningham as she has now tossed 21 straight innings without allowing a run, while striking out 32 batters. The victory by Cunningham boosts her record on the season to 6-5.
The three runs by the Bobcats proved to be more than enough for Cunningham. The Bobcats got on the board with a RBI single from Faith Cooke in the top of the first. Caitlyn Ray connected on a RBI triple in the sixth before Emily Merriam drove in the team's final run with a RBI groundout. Cooke led Lees-McRae's offense going 3-for-3 with a double. Overall, six of the nine Bobcats in the starting lineup had at least one hit in game one.
Game 2 Recap – The backend of Sunday's doubleheader was very different from the first. After a total of just 10 hits between the two teams in game one, Barton and Lees-McRae combined for 16 hits. Even with the Bobcats out-hitting the Bulldogs (10-6), the difference came with a few key miscues in the field for Lees-McRae. The Bobcats committed three errors in game two, which led to seven unearned runs for Barton.
A trio of Bobcats finished the second game of the day with multi-hit efforts. Merriam bounced back from a hitless effort in game one to go 3-for-4 with one run knocked in. Ray continued her stellar day with the bat going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and three RBI. Finally, Cunningham went 2-for-4 with three runs scored to round out the offensive leaders for Lees-McRae in game two.
Skylar Edwards ended up taking the loss in the circle for Lees-McRae in game two. Edwards worked 1.2 innings giving up five runs (one earned) on two hits. Cassidy Largen also saw time in the circle for Lees-McRae in the contest working 4.1 innings allowing three runs (none earned) on four hits.
Next Up – Lees-McRae will return to action next Saturday when it visits Erskine College in another Conference Carolinas doubleheader. The twin bill between the Flying Fleet and Bobcats is set for 2 p.m.