WINGATE, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College softball team fell twice on the road at Wingate Saturday afternoon in non-conference action. The Bulldogs won game one 5-2 before winning game two 11-0 in five innings to complete the sweep. The pair of losses for Lees-McRae Saturday drops its record to 2-2 on the 2020 campaign.
Game One Recap – Wingate jumped on the Bobcats in the bottom of the first plating four runs to stake itself to an early advantage. Lees-McRae starter Charlsy Traylor would settle down after the rough first inning and allow just one run through her next five innings of work. The Bobcat offense threatened routinely throughout game one with 15 runners reaching base in the contest. However, the Bulldogs did a wonderful job keeping any rallies in check and allowed just two runs and ended up winning game one, 5-2.
Overall, eight Bobcats logged hits in game one with three players picking up two-hit days. Julie Gast and Cora Detter both went 2-for-3, while Addyson Ikard went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run to go along with two RBI. For Ikard, it marked her first collegiate home run. Caitlyn Ray and Hannah Foster also notched hits in game one.
As mentioned earlier, Traylor settled down after a rocky first inning to pitch well for the balance of game one. Despite the five innings of solid work, Traylor's record dips to 1-1 on the season after allowing five runs on 11 hits and four walks against the Bulldogs.
Game Two Recap – The backend of Saturday's doubleheader was far more lopsided. Wingate scored a quick run in the first and added four runs in the third and six runs in the fourth to go up 11-0 on the Bobcats, which proved to be the final score. The offensive outburst for the Bulldogs can in part be traced to a pair of key Lees-McRae errors that led to six unearned runs.
Ikard continued to swing a hot bat for the Bobcats in game two collecting two of the team's three hits in her only two at-bats. Cassidy Coleman accounted for Lees-McRae's only other hit, while Detter and Sarah Beth Thomas were able to reach base via walks.
Cassidy Largen took the loss in game two evening her record at 1-1. Largen allowed nine runs (five earned) on 12 hits in 3.1 innings pitched Saturday. Katelyn Wyatt also made her pitching debut for Lees-McRae pitching to four batters and recording a pair of outs.
Next Up – The Bobcats will look to get back into the win column on Sunday when they visit UVa-Wise in another non-conference doubleheader. First pitch for the twin bill is set for 1 p.m.