Wroblewski twirls Patriots to softball split

Wroblewski twirls Patriots to softball split

FLORENCE, SC – Junior right-hander Samantha Wroblewski pitched a four-hitter as Francis Marion University claimed a 3-1 win over Belmont Abbey College and a split of their Saturday afternoon (Feb. 11) non-conference softball doubleheader.  Belmont Abbey won the opener 3-2.

Francis Marion (4-2) will travel to Wingate University on Sunday (Feb. 12) for a 1 p.m. twinbill.  The next home date for the Patriots will be a Feb. 28 doubleheader with Erskine College at 3 p.m.

Wroblewski (2-0) has yet to allow an earned run this season in three appearances.  On Saturday, she did not strike out anyone, but walked only one.

The Patriots scored all three of their runs in the fifth inning on a Belmont Abbey error.  Senior outfielder Briana Barzola and freshman outfielder Rayni Newman each collected two hits.

In the opener, Belmont Abbey junior first baseman Alyssa Sciaudone hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning to snap a 2-2 deadlock.

FMU freshman righty Sydney Holland (2-2) allowed only three hits and only one of the Crusaders' runs was earned.  She fanned five and walked three.

Sophomore shortstop Taylor Johnson was the only Patriot with multiple hits in game one as she went   2-for-2 with a run batted in.  Both Barzola and Newman had one hit in the opener, with Newman registering the other Patriot RBI.

Belmont Abbey freshman Annabeth Watkins took over the duties in the pitching circle in the fifth frame and earned the win.   Belmont Abbey is 1-5 overall following the split.


Belmont Abbey Coll. 3, Francis Marion Univ. 2 (Feb 11, 2017 at Florence, SC) (Game 1)
Belmont Abbey Coll.. 000 201 0 -  3  3  0      (1-4)
Francis Marion Univ. 011 000 0 -  2  8  4      (3-2)
Pitchers: Belmont Abbey Coll. - Shannon Mas; Annabeth Watkins(5) and Katherine Starnes.
Francis Marion Univ. - Sydney Holland and Chelsea Welty.
Win-Annabeth Watkins(1-1)  Loss-Sydney Holland(2-2)  T-2:00  A-55
HR BASB17 - Alyssa Sciaudone.
Weather: Sunny, 68, Winds WSW @ 23

Francis Marion Univ. 3, Belmont Abbey Coll. 0 (Feb 11, 2017 at Florence, SC) (Game 2)
Belmont Abbey Coll.. 000 001 0 -  1  4  1      (1-5)
Francis Marion Univ. 000 030 X -  3  6  3      (4-2)
Pitchers: Belmont Abbey Coll. - Amelia Saldivar; Peyton Wilson(6) and Claire Doyle.
Francis Marion Univ. - Samantha Wroblewski and Chelsea Welty.
Win-Samantha Wroblewski(2-0)  Loss-Amelia Saldivar(0-1)  T-2:00