Bobcats sweep Catawba to open season

Bobcats sweep Catawba to open season

SALISBURY, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College softball team opened its 2020 season Saturday with a pair of victories over Catawba by scores of 2-1 and 6-5. It marks the first time the Bobcats have started a season 2-0 since 2012.

Game One Recap – Lees-McRae started the 2020 season with a bang on Saturday as Caitlyn Ray led the new campaign off with a solo home run to centerfield. Catawba would tie the score in the bottom of the second with a solo home run of its own. Following the two home runs, Lees-McRae and Catawba were held scoreless until the top of the seventh when Katie Robinson hit a double in the right center field gap to plate Sarah Beth Thomas to give Lees-McRae the lead back, 2-1. A scoreless bottom of the seventh gave Lees-McRae its first season-opening victory since 2012.

Charlsy Traylor picked up a complete game victory in the circle for the Bobcats in game one. In her first game as a Bobcat, Traylor allowed one run on six hits while allowing two walks to go along with four strikeouts.

Game Two Recap – It looked through five innings of the second game of the day that the Indians would gain a split against the Bobcats. Catawba was able to build a 3-0 advantage going to the sixth. However, in the top of the sixth, the Bobcat bats woke up totaling four runs on six hits to pull in front 4-3. The Indians would answer in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run home run to go back up 5-4. The Bobcats would have the last laugh though as they scored a pair of runs without a hit thanks two walks and an Indian error to finish off the sweep, 6-5.

Offensively, six different Bobcats picked up hits in game two. Faith Cooke went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs to lead the offense. Addyson Ikard and Cassidy Coleman both went 1-for-4 and knocked in a run as well. In the circle, Cassidy Largen picked up the win after working seven innings allowing five runs on eight hits to go along with five strikeouts.

Next Up – Lees-McRae will be back in action on Thursday with another non-conference doubleheader at Lincoln Memorial. First pitch for that doubleheader is set for 1 p.m.

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