Pitching propels Patriots past Lions 7-1 and 8-0

Pitching propels Patriots past Lions 7-1 and 8-0

FLORENCE, SC – Senior right-hander Shelby Kelley and sophomore righty Samantha Wroblewski combined to limit Mars Hill University to five singles and one unearned run on Sunday (Feb. 28) as Francis Marion University swept a non-conference softball doubleheader from the visiting Lions by scores of 7-1 and 8-0 in five innings.

Francis Marion improves to 12-6 and will head to Lenoir-Rhyne University for a twinbill on Wednesday at 2 p.m.  The Patriots will return home to host Brevard on Thursday at 4 p.m. and Flagler on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Kelley (6-5) tossed a two-hitter in Sunday's first game. She struck out a career-high 11, walked just one, and allowed only a lone unearned run in the top of the first inning.

Trailing by that 1-0 count, Francis Marion tied the game at 1-1 on an RBI-double to right centerfield by freshman shortstop Taylor Johnson.  The Patriots plated five in the fifth frame and added an insurance run in the sixth.  Junior center fielder Mikala Barnhart, freshman catcher Chelsea Welty, and Johnson all had run-scoring singles in the fifth inning.

Johnson, Welty, and junior left fielder Briana Barzola all finished the opener with two hits to lead FMU at the plate.

Right-hander Sydney Elkin (3-6) took the game-one loss for Mars Hill (4-9).

In game two, Francis Marion batted around in the bottom of the first inning and scored six times on seven hits.  Welty's two-run single and a two-run double by senior designated player Mykah Nevin highlighted the outburst.

A sacrifice fly by Johnson in the second inning and a throwing error by the Lions in the third frame accounted for the final FMU tallies.

Senior third baseman Sharee Blomquist was the only Patriot with multiple hits in the second contest as she went 2-of-2 with a run scored.

Wroblewski (6-1) registered her third shutout of 2016 by allowing only three hits, walking none, and fanning six.

Mars Hill starter Jamie Booze (0-1) was tagged with the loss in game two.


Francis Marion Univ. 7, Mars Hill University 1 (Feb 28, 2016 at Florence, SC) (Game 1)
Mars Hill University   100 000 0 -  1  2  2      (4-8)
Francis Marion Univ. 000 151 X -  7  8  3      (11-6)
Pitchers: Mars Hill University - Sydney Elkin; Shelby Culler(5) and Erin Vickery.
Francis Marion Univ. - Shelby Kelley and Chelsea Welty.
Win-Shelby Kelley (6-5)  Loss-Sydney Elkin (3-6)  T-2:02  A-0
Weather: Sunny, 62, Winds WSW @ 13 mph


Francis Marion Univ. 8, Mars Hill University 0 (Feb 28, 2016 at Florence, SC) (Game 2)
Mars Hill University   000 00 -  0  3  1      (4-9)
Francis Marion Univ. 611 0X -  8  9  0      (12-6)
Pitchers: Mars Hill University - Jamie Booze; Shelby Culler(1); Casey Stanek(3) and Erin Vickery
. Francis Marion Univ. - Samantha Wroblewski and Chelsea Welty.
Win-Samantha Wroblewski(6-1)  Loss-Jamie Booze(0-1)  T-1:25  A-137
Weather: Sunny, 67, Winds SSW @ 12 mph
J. Booze faced 5 batters in the 1st.