MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Lees-McRae College and Pfeiffer University battled to a split in a Conference Carolinas softball doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Jack Ingram Field. The Lady Bobcats used a six-run fourth inning in game one en route to an 8-2 victory while the Lady Falcons benefitted from a complete game shutout by Allison Braswell (Asheboro, NC) in a 3-0 game two win. Pfeiffer evens their record at 10-10 overall, 3-3 inside conference play. Lees-McRae also squares their marks at 7-7, 1-1.
GAME ONE: Lees-McRae 8, Pfeiffer 2
Pfeiffer struck first in the initial inning on a Sarah Waylock (Cary, IL) single that scored Mariah Chalk (Hickory, NC). The Lady Falcons would hold that lead until the fourth when the Lady Bobcats blew game one open with a half-dozen runs.
Anna Carter (Hurdle Mills, NC) and Nicole Baxter (Denver, NC) traded one out doubles to even the contest at one apiece, before Jessica Travers (Fletcher, NC) belted her first of two long balls in the game with a blast to straight-away center field. Magen West (Whitney, TX) had the other pair of RBI with a two-out single to right while Lees-McRae also took advantage of one Pfeiffer miscue to tally another run.
Travers struck again in the fifth with another round-tripper to center while Pfeiffer’s Heather Nobles (Angier, NC) hit her team-leading third homer in the seventh. West earned the win in the circle tossing all seven frames allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits with three strikeouts.
GAME TWO: Pfeiffer 3, Lees-McRae 0
In the nightcap, Braswell surrendered just six hits with four strikeouts in the complete-game shutout. Pfeiffer’s first run came again in the first as Amber Johnson (Spokane, WA) notched the RBI with a single to center that brought home Kylee Nichols (McMinville, OR), who began the frame by reaching on an error.
The final pair of runs would plate in the fifth as Waylock drove in Nichols with a fielder’s choice while Kirsten Patterson (Anthem, AZ) would later double in Johnson. Johnson and Sam Taylor (Surrey, British Columbia) each had a pair of hits in the game two victory with Nobles and Johnson each having three for the twin-bill. Paula Fryar (Clinton, NC) had a couple of hits in game two, leading the Lady Bobcats with her three total hits on the afternoon.
Pfeiffer returns to action on Tuesday in non-conference action at cross-town rival Catawba. First pitch in game one will leave the circle at 2:00 p.m.