Patriots drop softball twinbill at Montevallo

Patriots drop softball twinbill at Montevallo

MONTEVALLO, AL – The University of Montevallo Falcons tallied 19 total runs in a sweep of Francis Marion University, winning 7-0 and 12-3 in five innings, Sunday afternoon (Mar. 1) in Peach Belt Conference softball action.

Francis Marion (9-7) loses its first two Peach Belt games of the season.  The Patriots will return to the FMU Softball Stadium on Saturday to host Georgia Southwestern State University for a conference doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

In game one, Montevallo scored two runs in both the first and the fifth innings, before plating three more in the sixth.  Sophomore outfielder Mikala Barnhart registered two of FMU's four hits off Falcons starter Jostlyn Higgerson (8-6), but the Patriots were unable to tally any runs. 

FMU freshman lefty Kaitlin Munda (3-4) struck out eight in the loss.

Barnhart's sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning gave Francis Marion the early 1-0 advantage in the second contest, but Montevallo quickly responded with a two-run home run by junior shortstop Rachael Conley in the bottom of the frame.  The Falcons then scored five runs each in the third and fourth innings.

After a single by senior Taylor (TJ) Fain and a Barnhart walk, junior infielder Shannan Lopez doubled to center in the top of the fifth to add FMU's final two runs. 

Higgerson won her second game of the day for Montevallo, while Shelby Kelley (3-3) surrendered seven runs (five earned) and was tagged with the game-two defeat.

Univ. of Montevallo 7, Francis Marion Univ. 0 (Mar 01, 2015 at Montevallo, Ala.) (Game 1)
Francis Marion Univ. 000 000 0 -  0  4  5      (9-5, 0-1 PBC)
Univ. of Montevallo. 200 023 X -  7  8  1      (10-11, 1-2 PBC)
Pitchers: Francis Marion Univ. - Kaitlin Munda and Shannan Lopez. Univ. of Montevallo -
Higgerson; Armstrong(7) and Lopez.
Win-Higgerson(7-6)  Loss-Kaitlin Munda(3-4)  T-2:20  A-0


Univ. of Montevallo 12, Francis Marion Univ. 3 (Mar 01, 2015 at Montevallo, Ala.) (Game 2)
Francis Marion Univ. 100 02 -  3  3  3      (9-7, 0-2 PBC)
Univ. of Montevallo. 025 5X - 12  9  1      (11-11, 2-2 PBC)
Pitchers: Francis Marion Univ. - Shelby Kelley; Katie Carnes(3) and Taylor Barrineau.
Univ. of Montevallo - Higgerson; Armstrong(5) and Lopez; Snider.
Win-Higgerson(7-6)  Loss-Shelby Kelley(3-3)  T-2:00  A-150
HR UMSB - Conley.