Photo Courtesy of Matt Jones
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College softball team split a pair of games against Belmont Abbey College Saturday afternoon at the LMC Softball Field as the team honored its three seniors. The Bobcats came out on top in game one, 13-8, before dropping game two, 9-2. The results Saturday push Lees-McRae's overall record to 13-15 overall and 7-7 within Conference Carolinas play.
Game 1 Recap – The Bobcat offense came out swinging in the opening game of Saturday's double dip. Lees-McRae pounded out 15 hits and scored 13 times against the Crusaders on its way to a 13-8 victory in game one.
Four different Bobcats posted multi-hit efforts in game one. Faith Cooke went 4-for-4 and drove in three of the team's 13 runs. Furthermore, three of Cooke's four hits went for extra base including a two-run home run in the sixth. It marks Cooke's eighth home run of her freshman season, which is the fourth-most in a single season in program history.
Seniors Kara Cunningham, Noel Cassidy and Emily Merriam were all honored prior to both games and all had good days at the plate. Cunningham went 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Cassidy slugged her second home run of the season, and finally Emily Merriam went 3-for-4 with a home run of her own.
Cunningham picked up the win in the circle for the Bobcats in game one improving her record to 8-6. Cunningham tossed 6.1 innings and allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits, while striking out six strikeouts.
Game 2 Recap – Much like the Bobcats did in the first game, Belmont Abbey's bats woke up in a major way for game two. With the score knotted up at two heading to the sixth inning, the Crusaders scored seven times to blow the game open before going on to win the contest, 9-2.
Offensively, Cassidy and Cooke once again had good outings at the plate collecting two hits each. Cooke drove in one of the team's run with the other coming in a sacrifice fly by Cunningham.
Cassidy Largen ended up taking the loss for the Bobcats in game two moving her record to 3-2. Largen allowed nine runs (four earned) on 13 hits in 5.2 innings. Despite the loss, Largen set a new season-high with five strikeouts.
Next Up – Lees-McRae will return to action on Sunday when it plays host to Catawba in a non-conference doubleheader. First pitch between the Bobcats and Lady Indians is set for 1 p.m.