Lopez drives FMU softball to split at UNCP

Lopez drives FMU softball to split at UNCP

PEMBROKE, NC – Francis Marion University junior catcher Shannan Lopez went 5-for-5 with four singles and a home run, as the Patriots rallied for an 8-4 victory in game two of a Peach Belt Conference softball doubleheader, Wednesday (April 8) at UNC Pembroke.  The Braves held off the Patriots 1-0 in the opener.

FMU (20-18, 6-10) will head to Florida to take on Flagler College for a PBC doubleheader on Saturday at noon.  UNC Pembroke's record stands at 21-18 overall and 5-13 in conference play.

Lopez's five-hit performance in game two tied the Patriot single-game record, previously set by Janet Floyd and Lynette Mickle both in a March 27, 1980, contest against Claflin College. Her four singles also tied the FMU single-game mark previously set twice during the 1987 campaign.

Down 2-0 in the finale, Francis Marion mounted its first rally with a pair of two-out runs in the fourth.  Junior shortstop Sharee Blomquist singled and later scored on two UNCP throwing errors.  Lopez followed with a game-tying RBI single to center field.

The Patriots jumped in front 3-2 in the fifth on a Braves' error, but UNCP answered to regain the lead thanks to run-scoring hits by right fielder Brea Hartley and designated player Morgan Davis in the bottom of the frame.

FMU charged back again to score the contest's final five runs, including a three-run blast by junior Shelby Kelley.  Lopez also drilled a solo shot in the seventh to cap off her masterful night.

In addition to her 1-for-2 output at the plate, Kelley (5-6) pitched three shutout innings to claim the game-two victory.  Senior Selena Ashley (8-6) took the UNCP loss.

Sophomore left fielder Briana Barzola was 3-for-4 with a run scored and Blomquist (2-for-3) and junior utility player Chessie Miller (2-for-4) turned in multi-hit performances for FMU in game two.  Davis was 2-for-4 for UNCP.

FMU senior right-hander Katie Carnes (7-3) shined in the circle in game one, fanning 10 Braves batters and surrendering only five hits in a losing cause.

UNCP junior Katie Saunders (12-10) was the game-one victor, striking out nine and yielding just three FMU hits.

The lone run of the contest was plated when Hartley scored on a Patriot error.

Barzola paced the FMU offense in game one with a 2-for-2 output, while the Braves were led by Davis' 2-for-3 performance.  Barzola now owns a six-game hitting streak.

The Patriots stranded runners at first and third in the top of the seventh.

UNC Pembroke 1, Francis Marion 0 (Apr 08, 2015 at Pembroke, N.C.) (Game 1)
Francis Marion......    000 000 0 -  0  3  1      (19-18, 5-10 PBC)
UNC Pembroke........ 001 000 X -  1  5  0      (21-17, 5-12 PBC)
Pitchers: Francis Marion - Katie Carnes and Shannan Lopez. UNC Pembroke - Katie Saunders and Toni Nelson.
Win-Katie Saunders(12-10)  Loss-Katie Carnes(7-3)  T-2:09  A-0
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 82 Degrees


Francis Marion 8, UNC Pembroke 4 (Apr 08, 2015 at Pembroke, N.C.) (Game 2)
Francis Marion......    000 214 1 -  8 14  0      (20-18, 6-10 PBC)
UNC Pembroke........ 020 020 0 -  4  8  3      (21-18, 5-13 PBC)
Pitchers: Francis Marion - Kaitlin Munda; Shelby Kelley(5) and Shannan Lopez; Mykah Nevin;
Taylor Barrineau. UNC Pembroke - Selena Ashley; Katie Saunders(7) and Toni Nelson.
Win-Shelby Kelley(5-6)  Loss-Selena Ashley(8-6)  T-2:24  A-172
HR FMU_SB - Shannan Lopez; Shelby Kelley.
Weather: Clear Skies, 81 Degrees
Munda faced 2 batters in the 5th.

       Shelby Kelley