CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College softball team dropped a pair of extra inning games Sunday afternoon in Charlotte. The Bobcats fell to Frostburg State by a score of 3-2 in eight innings before falling again in eight innings to Queens to close out the day by a 4-3 final score. The results Sunday push Lees-McRae's record to 8-8 this season.
Frostburg State Recap – There was not a ton of offense between Frostburg and Lees-McRae on Sunday. Frostburg scored single runs in the third and fifth innings to stake itself to an early 2-0 advantage. Lees-McRae, however, rallied to tie the game in the sixth with an RBI single from Cora Detter and a bases loaded walk by Sarah Beth Thomas. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, Frostburg came through in the extra frame with an RBI double to break the tie and give it the 3-2 victory.
As mentioned previously, the Bobcats did not score much in their first game of the day, but seven different players picked up at least one hit in the contest. Julie Gast was the lone Bobcat to finish with more than one base hit with two to go along with a run scored. Hannah Foster accounted for the other run scored for Lees-McRae on a 1-for-4 effort in game one.
Cassidy Largen pitched well for the second straight start but was still dealt a loss on Sunday. Largen, who's record dips to 3-4 with the defeat, tossed 7.1 innings Sunday allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits and two strikeouts.
Queens Recap – Just like in its first game of the day, Lees-McRae fell behind early against Queens. The Royals built up a 3-0 lead on the Bobcats entering the middle innings. Lees-McRae would score twice in the fifth with run-scoring hits from Caitlyn Ray and Faith Cooke to cut the deficit down to one run, 3-2. The Bobcat comeback attempt would be completed in the top of the seventh as Cooke connected on her first home run of the season to tie the score at three and eventually force extra innings. But just like in game one, the Royals scored the winning run in the bottom of eighth on a sacrifice fly to down the Bobcats, 4-3.
Much of the Bobcat offense in Sunday's matchup with Queens came from the duo of Ray and Cooke. The tandem combined to go 4-for-6 with two doubles, a home run and three runs driven in. Addyson Ikard, Mallory Myers and Detter accounted for the other three hits for the Bobcats in game two.
After tossing a shutout against Queens on Saturday, Charlsy Traylor took the loss in the circle against the Royals on Sunday. Traylor pitched 7.1 innings allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits to go with five strikeouts. Traylor's loss dips to 5-3 with the defeat.
Next Up – Lees-McRae is scheduled to return to action next week as it begins Conference Carolinas play with a pair of doubleheaders. First, the Bobcats will travel to North Greenville on Friday before visiting Southern Wesleyan on Saturday. Both doubleheaders are scheduled to get underway at 2 p.m.