HICKORY, N.C. – For the second straight day, the Lees-McRae College softball team defeated the number one team in the nation as it defeated Young Harris by a score of 7-4. Lees-McRae, which dropped its second game of the day to No. 20 Lenoir-Rhyne by a score of 15-2, moves to 6-6 on the season with the split.
Young Harris Recap - Riding the momentum of last night's exciting win over the Mountain Lions, the Bobcats kept it rolling in the top of the first to begin Sunday's action. Faith Cooke got the scoring started with a RBI double followed by a two-run home run from Addyson Ikard and a RBI double by Mallory Myers put the Bobcats up 4-0 before Young Harris had a chance offensively.
Caitlyn Ray would connect on a solo home run in the second to add to the Bobcat lead and Katie Robinson plated two with a single in the third to help the cause as well. The seven runs proved to be enough for the Bobcats as they went on to win the game, 7-4, and in doing so downed the number one team in the nation for the second straight day.
Charlsy Traylor, who was the winning pitcher for the Bobcats in last night's win over Young Harris, turned in another stellar outing for Lees-McRae on Sunday. Traylor pitched all seven innings allowing four runs on eight hits with a pair of strikeouts. The win boosts Traylor's record to 4-2 on the 2020 campaign.
Lenoir-Rhyne Recap – Lenoir-Rhyne did not waste any time on jumping on the Bobcats early in the latter's second game of the day. The Bears scored 10 times on six hits in the first inning alone to stake themselves to an early lead. Lenoir-Rhyne tacked on five more runs over the course of the game before completing the win in five innings over the Bobcats, 15-2.
The Bobcat offense was limited to just two runs on three hits in the contest against Lenoir-Rhyne. All three hits for Lees-McRae came from its starting outfield in Cora Detter, McKinley Johnson and Sarah Beth Thomas. Ray accounted for the lone run batted in for the Bobcats against the Bears.
Katelyn Wyatt, who made her first career start in the circle for Lees-McRae, was the losing pitcher in the contest after allowing six runs on three hits and two walks without retiring a batter. Cassidy Largen would pitch four innings of relief for the Bobcats, and she allowed nine runs on 11 hits in her first relief outing of the season.
Next Up – The Bobcats will be back in action with another two-day tournament on Saturday and Sunday. This tournament will take place in Charlotte, N.C., and Lees-McRae will take on Frostburg State and host Queens University of Charlotte twice in the tournament.