Welty and Lopez power Patriots to sweep

Welty and Lopez power Patriots to sweep

FLORENCE, SC – Freshman catcher Chelsea Welty belted her team-leading fourth home run of the season and senior first baseman Shannan Lopez hit a grand slam as Francis Marion University beat Brevard College 3-1, and 5-0 en route to a sweep of Thursday afternoon's (March 3) non-conference softball doubleheader. Game two was called in the bottom of the fifth inning due to rain.

Francis Marion (15-7) will host Flagler College for a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader on Sunday (March 6) beginning at 1 p.m. Following the twinbill, FMU will play six consecutive doubleheaders on the road.

In the opener, senior right-hander Shelby Kelley (8-6) allowed only five hits, walked none, and struck out nine. She worked around a bases-loaded situation in the top of the first inning to limit any further damage from the Tornados. Brevard would scratch across a run in the inning on a bloop single into right field.

Senior designated player Mykah Nevin tied things up for FMU in the bottom of the third inning with an RBI-single into center field.  The knock extended Nevin's hitting streak to six games. With Nevin standing on second base, Welty would send a ball over the left field fence to give the Patriots a 3-1 advantage.

Brevard (5-11) looked to cut the margin in the top of the fifth inning with a pair of two-out baserunners. The Tornados would strand the potential tying runs on base as Kelley induced a line-drive to Lopez for the third out.

Nevin finished the game 2-for-2 with a run scored. Welty and Lopez both went 1-for-3 at the plate, with Welty picking-up her sixth multi-RBI game of the season.

In the second contest, the Patriots scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning off Brevard senior righty Jamie Hrobak. The inning would be highlighted by a grand slam down the left field line off the bat of Lopez, giving FMU a 4-0 lead.

Francis Marion tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth inning as they chased Hrobak from the circle. Junior right fielder Danielle Myers worked a lead-off walk, forcing the Tornados to bring in freshman righty Ricki Kuhn. Four batters later, junior second baseman Taylor Brunson would make it 5-0 FMU with a sacrifice-fly into right field.

Sophomore right-hander Samantha Wroblewski (7-1) found herself in total control from start to finish as she twirled five shutout innings, surrendering just two hits, walking none, and fanning seven.

Lopez was 2-for-2 in the second contest with the four RBIs, while junior left fielder Briana Barzola and junior center fielder Mikala Barnhart had one hit apiece.

Hrobak (4-6) took the loss in both games for Brevard. Kuhn tossed 2.2 scoreless innings of relief for the Tornados, allowing two hits and walking a pair. At the plate, Hrobak finished the day 2-for-5 at the plate with the lone RBI.


Francis Marion Univ. 3, Brevard College 1 (Mar 03, 2016 at Florence, SC) (Game 1)
Brevard College.....   100 000 0 -  1  5  1      (5-10)
Francis Marion Univ. 003 000 X -  3  4  1      (14-7)
Pitchers: Brevard College - Jamie Hrobak; Ricki Kuhn(5) and Kinny Davis. Francis Marion Univ. -
Shelby Kelley and Chelsea Welty.
Win-Shelby Kelley(8-6)  Loss-Jamie Hrobak(4-5)  T-1:59
HR FMU_SB - Chelsea Welty (4).
Weather: Cloudy, 55, Winds ESE @ 12 mph


Francis Marion Univ. 5, Brevard College 0 (Mar 03, 2016 at Florence, SC) (Game 2)
Brevard College.....   000 00 -  0  2  4      (5-11)
Francis Marion Univ. 004 10 -  5  4  2      (15-7)
Pitchers: Brevard College - Jamie Hrobak; Ricki Kuhn(4) and Kinny Davis. Francis Marion Univ. -
Samantha Wroblewski and Chelsea Welty.
Win-Samantha Wroblewski (7-1)  Loss-Jamie Hrobak (4-6)  T-1:23  A-35
HR FMU_SB - Shannan Lopez (3).
Weather: Overcast, 56, Winds SE @ 8 mph
J. Hrobak faced 1 batter in the 4th.
R. Kuhn faced 2 batters in the 5th.