Photo Courtesy of Matt Jones
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College softball team will close out its 2019 regular season Thursday afternoon when it hosts Converse College in a Conference Carolinas doubleheader. First pitch between the Bobcats and Valkyries is set for 2 p.m.
Last Time Out – The Bobcats split a pair of games Tuesday against Limestone on their home field. Lees-McRae edged the Saints by a score of 1-0 before falling in game two in eight innings, 8-7. The results push Lees-McRae's overall record to 15-17 overall and 9-9 within conference play this season.
Postseason Positioning – With the regular season quickly coming to an end for the Bobcats, they are looking to boost their positioning for the upcoming Conference Carolinas Softball Tournament. Lees-McRae currently sits in the No. 7 seed if the tournament were to begin today. However, with a sweep against Converse on Thursday, the Bobcats could make their way all the way to No. 5 seed. The Conference Carolinas Softball Tournament will take place in Burlington, North Carolina at the Springwood Softball Complex on April 26-28.
Amazing April – One Bobcat that has enjoyed quite a bit of success in the final month of the regular season has been senior Kara Cunningham. The Indian Trail, North Carolina native is hitting a blistering .600 (12-for-20) this month. Thanks in part to this hot start in April, Cunningham's batting average currently sits at a league-leading .421. If Cunningham can maintain this pace against Converse and beyond into the postseason, she will break the program's single-season batting average record of .411 set back in 2000 by Teresa Buono.
About Converse – The Valkyries are currently 6-40 overall and 1-15 within conference play in 2019. Converse will look to end this season on a high note against the Bobcats as it has lost its last 17 games. A player to watch for the Valkyries is Allison Plafcan who leads the team in batting average (.293), home runs (1) and runs batted in (16).
Series Rewind – The Bobcats and Valkyries have met just a total of six times. Lees-McRae has won four of the six all-time meetings, including a sweep of Converse last March in Spartanburg by scores of 6-0 and 7-2.