Golden Eagles sweep Patriot softball

Golden Eagles sweep Patriot softball

FLORENCE, S.C. – University of Charleston (W.V.) pitching held Francis Marion University to a combined three hits as the Golden Eagles swept a non-conference doubleheader from the Patriots, winning 11-2 in five innings and 7-0, Saturday afternoon (Feb. 21) in women's softball action.

Francis Marion (9-5) will return to action on Wednesday when the Patriots host North Greenville University for a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.

In the opener, Charleston scored four times each in both the third and fourth frames and added three tallies in fifth.  FMU managed only one hit off Golden Eagles starter Courtney Fain (1-0). 

The Patriots led 2-0 after one inning as senior third baseman Shelby Mathews doubled home freshman right fielder Tori Gaskins and sophomore center fielder Mikala Barnhart, both of whom had walked.

FMU freshman southpaw Kaitlin Munda (3-3) was tagged with loss, although only four of the eight runs she surrendered were earned.

In game two, Charleston scored four times in the first frame off FMU junior right-hander Shelby Kelley (3-2) and eventually led 7-0 after three innings.

Matthews and sophomore left fielder Briana Barzola picked up the two FMU hits as Morgan Aguirre (1-0) and Jessie Rowe combined for the shutout.

Kelley allowed seven runs (five earned) on five hits, while striking out three.


Univ. Charleston WV 11, Francis Marion Univ. 2 (Feb 21, 2015 at Florence, SC) (Game 1)
Univ. Charleston WV. 004 43 - 11 10  0      (1-0)
Francis Marion Univ. 200 00 -  2  1  2      (9-4)
Pitchers: Univ. Charleston WV - Courtney Fain and Ayla Santos. Francis Marion Univ. -
Kaitlin Munda; Katie Carnes(4) and Shannan Lopez.
Win-Courtney Fain(1-0)  Loss-Kaitlin Munda(3-3)  T-2:00  A-0
HR UC - Cortney Norris (1).
Weather: Mostly Clear, 50 degrees

Univ. Charleston WV 7, Francis Marion Univ. 0 (Feb 21, 2015 at Florence, SC) (Game 2)
Univ. Charleston WV. 412 000 0 -  7  5  1      (2-0)
Francis Marion Univ. 000 000 0 -  0  2  3      (9-5)
Pitchers: Univ. Charleston WV - Morgan Aguirre; Jessie Rowe(7) and Bethany Williams.
Francis Marion Univ. - Shelby Kelley and Taylor Barrineau.
Win-Morgan Aguirre(1-0)  Loss-Shelby Kelley(3-2)  T-1:45  A-50
Weather: Mostly Clear, 50 degrees