Mountain Lions rally twice past FMU

Mountain Lions rally twice past FMU

YOUNG HARRIS, GA – Young Harris College rallied twice in the late innings to sweep a Peach Belt Conference softball doubleheader from visiting Francis Marion University on Sunday afternoon (March 30).  The Mountains Lions used a walk-off RBI single to win game one 2-1 and then scored seven runs over their final two at bats to claim an 8-4 game-two victory.

FMU drops to 18-18 overall and 4-6 in the Peach Belt. The Patriots will complete a road swing to the Peach State with a conference twinbill at 15th-ranked University of North Georgia on Monday at noon.

In the opener, FMU took a 1-0 advantage in the top of the fourth frame as senior shortstop Kristie Hanewinckel led off with a double down the left field line.  She moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and after a line-out, she crossed home on a Mountain Lion error.

Young Harris (17-20, 5-3) tied the contest at 1-1 in the fifth and won the game with a tally in the bottom of the seventh. Brittany Henry reached base to open the seventh frame when her pop up was dropped.  She stole second and scored the game-winner on an RBI single up the middle by Sydnee Weaver.  Weaver was 3-for-4 in game one.

FMU senior right-hander Taylor Luff (9-10) was tagged with the loss. She allowed six hits and the two runs (one earned), while striking out five and walking two.

Young Harris' Darby Stanford (6-8) allowed the Patriots only four hits, while fanning three.

In game two, Young Harris took a 1-0 advantage in the first inning, thanks to a pair of walks and two passed balls.  FMU answered with three runs in the third inning. Senior outfielder Megan Smith recorded an infield RBI single and both sophomore catcher Taylor Barrineau and junior pitcher Katie Carnes both registered bases-loaded walks.

The margin increased to 4-1 when Barrineau launched a one-out solo homer to left centerfield in the top of the fifth.  However, the Mountain Lions scored four times in their half of the fifth and plated three insurance runs in the sixth.

Carnes (9-8) was the losing pitcher as she allowed five runs (4 earned) on five hits, while fanning six and walking two. Hanewinckel had a hit in game two and senior Lindsey Brown was 1-for-4 with a triple.

Reliever Lisa Wilson (1-1) picked up the win.  Catcher Chandler Stooksbury was 3-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored, and four RBIs.

Young Harris 2, Francis Marion 1 (Mar 30, 2014 at Young Harris, Ga.) (Game 1)
Francis Marion...... 000 100 0 -  1  4  2      (18-17, 4-5 PBC)
Young Harris........ 000 010 1 -  2  6  2      (16-20, 4-3 PBC)
Pitchers: Francis Marion - Taylor Luff and Danielle Myers; Taylor Barrineau. Young Harris -
Darby Stanford and Chandler Stooksbury.
Win-Darby Stanford(6-8)  Loss-Taylor Luff(9-10)  T-1:52  A-128
Weather: Sunny, 44F (37F), N 14
Luff faced 2 batters in the 7th.


Young Harris 8, Francis Marion 4 (Mar 30, 2014 at Young Harris, Ga.) (Game 2)
Francis Marion...... 003 010 0 -  4  7  0      (18-18, 4-6 PBC)
Young Harris........ 100 043 X -  8  8  1      (17-20, 5-3 PBC)
Pitchers: Francis Marion - Katie Carnes; Taylor Luff(5) and Taylor Barrineau. Young Harris -
Katie-Jo Gentry; Lisa Wilson(4); Darby Stanford(6) and Chandler Stooksbury.
Win-Lisa Wilson(1-1)  Save-Darby Stanford(1)  Loss-Katie Carnes(9-8)  T-2:10  A-0
HR FMU - Taylor Barrineau (3).
Weather: Sunny, 52F (52F), N 15