FMU Softball sweeps Royals 7-2 and 3-2

FMU Softball sweeps Royals 7-2 and 3-2

CHARLOTTE, NC – Freshman shortstop Taylor Johnson went 3-for-6 with a three runs batted in to help power Francis Marion University to a twinbill sweep of Queens University of Charlotte, Wednesday afternoon (March 16) in non-conference softball action.  Johnson's two-RBI single in the top of the first inning jump-started the FMU offense to a 7-2 game-one win and help led to the Patriots rallying late to win the second game 3-2.

Francis Marion (21-9) will play a pair of road Peach Belt Conference doubleheaders this weekend.  Saturday (March 19), the Patriots travel to Young Harris, Ga., to face Young Harris College at 1 p.m. FMU will close out the weekend by traveling to Dahlonega, Ga., to face nationally ranked University of North Georgia on Sunday (March 20) at noon.

FMU senior right-hander Shelby Kelley (11-8) tossed a four-hitter in game one. She struck out five and issued two walks. Her only blemish of the game came in the bottom of the sixth inning as a pair of runs scored on a single by sophomore first baseman Ashton Whitaker into right center.

Queens drops to 11-14. Senior righty Lyndey McCurry (6-5) took the loss inside of the circle for Queens.

The Patriots took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first as Johnson sent a ball back up the middle with the bases loaded, scoring a pair of runners.  Junior right fielder Kaylee Childers made it 4-0 FMU in the third inning with an RBI base knock through the right side of the infield.

Freshman catcher Chelsey Welty stretched the lead out to 6-0 for the Patriots with run-scoring singles in the fourth and sixth innings.  Junior third baseman Kellie Howard accounted for the final run with an RBI single in the seventh frame.

In Wednesday's second contest, a single from McCurry would give the Royals their first lead of the afternoon at 1-0 in the first inning. The Royals would extend their lead to 2-0 in the home half of the fourth inning.

The Patriots put together a rally in the form of three runs in the top of the sixth inning, quickly erasing the Royals' lead. Senior designated player Mykah Nevin got the scoring started for FMU with an RBI single into right field. Later, a single from Johnson into center field would knot the game 2-2. With still only one out in the frame Childers completed the come-back for the Patriots as her RBI groundout to second base allowed senior first baseman Shannan Lopez to score from third base.

FMU sophomore righty Samantha Wroblewski (10-1) twirled a four-hitter of her own, surrendering one earned run with four punch outs. Junior left fielder Briana Barzola was the lone Patriot with multiple hits in both games as she went 2-for-5 in the opening contest and 2-for-4 in the second game. Welty picked up three hits in four trips to the plate in game one, as well as a pair of RBIs. She finished the second game 1-for-3 with a walk.

Queens senior righty Catelyn Presley (2-5) took the game-two loss tossing 5.1 innings. She allowed three runs on six hits, striking out one, and walking three.

Francis Marion 7, Queens 2016 2 (Mar 16, 2016 at Charlotte, N.C.) (Game 1)
Francis Marion......  211 101 1 -  7 15  0      (20-9)
Queens 2016......... 000 002 0 -  2  4  4      (11-13)
Pitchers: Francis Marion - Shelby Kelley and Chelsea Welty. Queens 2016 - Lyndey McCurry; Evie Scott(4) and Elaina Frantellizzi.
Win-Shelby Kelley(11-8)  Loss-Lyndey McCurry(6-5)  T-2:15  A-44
Weather: Sunny, Mid-80s


Francis Marion 3, Queens 2016 2 (Mar 16, 2016 at Charlotte, N.C.) (Game 2)
Francis Marion......  000 003 00 -  3  7  5      (21-9)
Queens 2016......... 100 100 0X -  2  4  1      (11-14)
Pitchers: Francis Marion - Samantha Wroblewski and Chelsea Welty. Queens 2016 -
Catelyn Presley; Evie Scott(6) and Jasmyn Lindsay.
Win-Samantha Wroblewski(10-1)  Loss-Catelyn Presley(2-5)  T-2:00  A-53
Weather: Sunny wind coming off first