Carnes leads FMU softball to split at CSU

Carnes leads FMU softball to split at CSU

COLUMBUS, GA – Senior Katie Carnes went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs, while pitching a complete game to lead Francis Marion University to a 10-6 victory over Columbus State University in the second game of a Sunday (March 29) Peach Belt Conference softball doubleheader.  A combined four-hitter propelled the Cougars past the Patriots 10-2 in the opener.

Francis Marion (19-15, 5-7) will continue its long road trip at GRU Augusta in another PBC twinbill on Thursday at 2 p.m.  CSU is now 19-17 and 5-7 in PBC action.

With FMU already ahead 2-0 in the top of the third, Carnes (7-1) bashed a two-run home run to center to give the Patriots a 4-0 advantage.  

Carnes' round-tripper was only the beginning of the scoring for FMU in the frame.  Junior utility player Chessie Miller followed by driving in two runs on a single down the left field line, scoring seniors Shelby Mathews and Taylor (TJ) Fain to stretch the FMU lead to 6-0.  Freshman Tori Gaskins delivered an RBI sacrifice fly and sophomore Mikala Barnhart connected on an RBI single to finish the inning for FMU – which gave the Patriots an 8-0 advantage.

CSU answered with a tally in the third, another in the fourth and two more in the sixth to trim the FMU edge to 8-4. 

But in the seventh, RBI hits from sophomore Danielle Myers and Carnes gave Francis Marion two insurance runs to put the game out of reach.

Senior Kristen Carr (9-6) was the game one loser for CSU.

In Sunday's opener, freshman utility player McKenzie Fagioli went 3-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored and center fielder Kia Smith went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Cougars offense.

Sophomore left fielder Briana Barzola produced half of FMU's four hits and drove in both runs to pace the Patriot bats.  Barzola finished the twinbill with six hits in eight at bats.

FMU freshman lefty Kaitlin Munda (8-8) suffered the defeat in the circle, while CSU senior Taylor Turner (7-3) captured the game one win.

Columbus State 10, Francis Marion 2 (Mar 29, 2015 at Columbus, Ga.) (Game 1)
Francis Marion......   020 000  -  2  4  2      (18-15, 4-7 PBC)
Columbus State...... 302 401  - 10 14  1      (19-16, 5-6 PBC)
Pitchers: Francis Marion - Kaitlin Munda; Shelby Kelley(3) and Taylor Barrineau.
Columbus State - Taylor Turner; Sydney Barker(5) and Kaycee Meeks.
Win-Taylor Turner(7-3)  Loss-Kaitlin Munda(8-8)  T-2:05  A-0
HR CSU-SB - Kristen Carr (6).
Weather: 50 degrees, sunny
Kelley faced 2 batters in the 6th.


Francis Marion 10, Columbus State 6 (Mar 29, 2015 at Columbus, Ga.) (Game 2)
Francis Marion......   116 000 2 - 10 14  4      (19-15, 5-7 PBC)
Columbus State...... 001 102 2 -  6  6  3      (19-17, 5-7 PBC)
Pitchers: Francis Marion - Katie Carnes and Mykah Nevin. Columbus State - Kristen Carr;
Lindsey DeFee(3) and Lee Anne Rees.
Win-Katie Carnes(7-1)  Loss-Kristen Carr(9-6)  T-2:39  A-110
HR FMU_SB - Katie Carnes (2).
HR CSU-SB - Taylor Woods (9).
Weather: 55 degrees, sunny
Carr faced 3 batters in the 3rd.