Florence, S.C. (March 18, 2014) – Senior infielder Lindsey Brown tallied five hits and five RBIs in Francis Marion University's doubleheader sweep of Limestone College on Tuesday night at the FMU Softball Stadium. The Patriots blanked the Saints 3-0 in the first game before beating them 10-2 in the second game.
Francis Marion (13-15) returns to Peach Belt Conference play this weekend when they host GRU Augusta and Georgia College on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Hear from Lindsey Brown following last night's sweep of Limestone College!
Senior righty Taylor Luff (7-8) earned the win in the circle in the first game after striking out 10 batters and not allowing a run on three hits and three walks. Limestone (16-12) pitcher Kelly Shearer (8-4) took the loss after allowing three earned runs on seven hits.
After both squads couldn't score a run in the first four innings, despite both teams loading the bases once, FMU broke through in the fifth inning with three runs. Senior shortstop Kristie Hanewinckel singled home Luff to score the go-ahead run after Luff tallied a bunt single and advanced to second on a groundout by sophomore outfielder Jessie Sims.
Hanewinckel stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Ashley Burney drew a walk, and was replaced by pinch runner TJ Fain, who stole second base. Junior third baseman Shelby Mathews drove in both Hanewinckel and Fain on a two-RBI double to left center field. Luff sat down the Saints 1-2-3 in both the sixth and seventh innings to seal the victory.
Mathews was 1-for-3 in the first contest with two RBIs, while Hanewinckel was 1-for-4 with a RBI. Brown was 2-for-3 in game one.
It only took five innings for the Patriots to complete the doubleheader sweep, as they took the second game 10-2. Junior right-hander Katie Carnes (6-7) earned the victory in the circle with four strikeouts. LC's Klinnin Carson (3-5) took the loss after giving up six runs on five hits in just one inning of work.
The Patriots jumped on the board early with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. After loading the bases, Sims scored the games' first run on an error by Saints' shortstop Ashley Cox. Brown then singled up the middle to score Hanewinckel and Burney, who reached base on a single and a fielder's choice.
FMU also tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the second inning. After loading the bases once again, Burney scored freshman outfielder Mikala Barnhart on a single to left field. Brown then hit her second two-RBI single of the game that scored Hanewinckel and Sims.
The offense continued in the third inning when Francis Marion put up four more runs. The big blow of the inning came when Burney cleared the bases with a three-RBI double. Brown also hit her third RBI single of the game that scored pinch runner Briana Barzola.
Brown was 3-for-3 in the contest with five RBIs. Hanewinckel was 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored, while Burney was 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Sims, Barnhart, and senior outfielder Megan Smith also tallied a hit.
Limestone's Taylor Wigmore hit a two-RBI single in the top of the fourth inning. She finished 2-for-2 at the plate, while Paige Bolding was 1-for-3 with a run scored.