Bobcats drop at pair at Anderson on Thursday

Bobcats drop at pair at Anderson on Thursday

ANDERSON, S.C. – The Lees-McRae College softball team dropped a pair of games on the road at Anderson on Thursday. The Bobcats dropped a 12-7 decision in game one and then an 8-6 contest in game two. The results on Thursday push Lees-McRae's record to 4-4.

Game One Recap – There was no shortage of offense between the Bobcats and Trojans in game one of the day. Lees-McRae would strike first with a solo home run from Hannah Foster in the top of the second. Anderson would rally to score six runs in their half of the second frame before tacking on four more runs in the following two innings as well. Trailing 10-1, the Bobcats cut into the Anderson lead with six runs in the fifth with the big blow being a pinch hit grand slam by Katie Robinson. That was where the Bobcat comeback stalled though as Anderson would add a couple insurance runs in the sixth to finish off the 12-7 win.

Foster and Faith Cooke both had two-hit days to lead the Bobcat offense. For Foster, it marked her second straight game with a home run. Cora Detter and Addyson Ikard both picked up run-scoring hits in game one as well. With the grand slam in the fifth, it marked Robinson's 13th career home run, which moves her into a tie for the fifth-most home runs in program history.

On the pitching side, Charlsy Traylor took the loss for the Bobcats after allowing 12 runs (nine earned) on 16 hits. Traylor, who struck out a season-high five batters in the outing, saw her record dip to 2-2 with the loss.

Game Two Recap – The second game of the day started well for the Bobcats as it built a 5-1 lead on Anderson. The Trojans, however, flexed their muscles and hit three home runs to not only get back into the game but also take the lead. Anderson completed the comeback with a walk-off home run by Mattie Hamilton to complete the sweep, 8-6.

Caitlyn Ray posted the lone two-hit effort for the Bobcats in game two going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. The other offense for the Bobcats was spread around evenly as seven of the nine hitters in the starting lineup recorded hits. Julie Gast, Foster, Ikard and Ray accounted for the runs batted in for Lees-McRae in the contest.

Cassidy Largen ended up taking the loss in the circle for the Bobcats in game two. Largen allowed eight runs on six hits against the Trojans. Largen's record dips to 2-2 with the defeat.

Next Up – Lees-McRae will return to action on Saturday when it takes on No. 20 Lenoir-Rhyne and No. 1 Young Harris in Hickory, N.C. First pitch against Lenoir-Rhyne is set for 1 p.m., while the game against Young Harris is set to begin around 5 p.m.

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