HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Coker College softball team’s losing streak was extended to five games on Monday afternoon, after the Lady Cobras dropped a pair to Lees-McRae College in a Conference Carolinas double-header. Lees-McRae won game one 9-1 and then won game two 8-0. The losses drop the Lady Cobras to 7-16 overall and 2-6 in conference play, while the Lady Bobcats improve to 10-14 on the year and 4-4 in the conference.
In game one Lees-McRae used 16 hits to score nine runs, four of which came from a Meagan Knowles grand slam in the top of the seventh inning. Coker managed to sneak just one run across with a solo homer from Jaclin Poole (Clover, S.C.) in the sixth.
Sydney Greenwalt (Edwardsville, Ill.) (6-7) took the loss. She allowed five runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts in five innings on the mound for Coker.
Magen West earned the win for Lees-McRae allowing just one run on seven hits with six strikeouts.
Haley Gibson (Chesterfield, S.C.) was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate for Coker, while Poole was 1-for-3 with the home run.
Knowles led the way for the Lady Bobcats. She was 3-for-4 with five RBIs and a run scored, while Kim Coley was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Anna Carter had three hits and Jessica Travers had two hits, including a double, with each of them driving in a run.
Lees-McRae got another stellar performance on the mound from West in game two as she tossed the complete game shutout, while Nicole Baxter and Paula Fryar provided the offense with two and three run homers respectively.
West went the distance allowing just five hits, while striking out nine to get the win.
Greenwalt (6-8) was tagged with her second loss of the day, allowing eight runs on nine hits with three strikeouts in seven innings for Coker.
Baxter and Fryar each had two hits, including home runs, while Baxter drove in two runs and Fryar drove in three to lead the Lady Bobcats at the plate. Knowles picked up three more RBIs with two more hits in game two.
Poole had two more hits for Coker, while Haleigh Rogers (Ward, S.C.), Brittany Owens (Johnsonville, S.C.) and Casey Plummer (Hartsville, S.C.) each had a hit.
The Lady Cobras return to the diamond on Thursday, March 25, when they host Limestone College in a double-header starting at 2:00 p.m.