C&W: Sweet Music in Patriot softball sweep

C&W: Sweet Music in Patriot softball sweep

WINGATE, NC – Sophomore catcher Chelsea Welty recorded five hits and drove in four runs, while junior third baseman Sam Chiudina plated four runs to power Francis Marion University to a doubleheader sweep of Wingate University, winning 6-1 and 4-3 on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 12) in softball action.

Francis Marion improves to 6-2 and will travel to Newberry College for a 1p.m. twinbill on Tuesday.  The doubleheader was originally set for Wednesday, but has been moved up a day due to the forecast of rain on Wednesday.

Freshman right-hander Sydney Holland (4-2) picked up the win in both games.  She started the opener and allowed only three hits and one unearned run, while striking out seven. She also helped her own cause with a pair of hits. In game two, she relieved Patriot starter Samantha Wroblewski in the third frame and tossed five scoreless frames, allowing just three hits.

In game one, FMU grabbed a 2-0 advantage on a pair of two-out run-scoring singles by Welty and freshman designated player Shania Domingue in the third inning.  The margin grew to 6-0 as the Patriots plated four runs in the fifth.  Chiudina drilled a three-run homer and freshman outfielder Rayni Newman followed with a solo shot.

Wingate scored its lone run in the bottom of the seventh.  Bulldog starter Aubrey Reep (3-1) suffered her first loss of the season.

In the second contest, Wingate took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a two-run single by catcher Jordan Floyd.  The Patriots quickly answered with three tallies in the top of the third.  Welty stroked a two-run double to right centerfield and later scored on an RBI-ground out by Domingue.

Wingate responded with a single run in the bottom of the frame to knot the score at 3-3.  Senior outfielder Briana Barzola led off the Patriot fifth with an infield single.  She moved to second on a ground out and scored the go-ahead run on Welty's RBI single up the middle.

Holland worked out of trouble standing six runners in scoring position over the final five innings.

Sophomore righty Rachel Weidner (1-3) took the loss in game two for Wingate.

Welty finished the afternoon a combined 5-for-7, while Barzola collected three hits and score three times.

Francis Marion 6, Wingate 1 (Feb 12, 2017 at Wingate, N.C.) (Game 1)
Francis Marion......   002 040 0 -  6 10  2      (5-2)
Wingate.............     000 000 1 -  1  3  2      (4-3)
Pitchers: Francis Marion - Sydney Holland and Chelsea Welty. Wingate - Aubrey Reep and
Jordan Floyd.
Win-Sydney Holland (3-2)  Loss-Aubrey Reep (3-1)  T-1:47  A-322
HR FMU - Sam Chiudina (1); Rayni Newman (1)

Francis Marion 4, Wingate 3 (Feb 12, 2017 at Wingate, N.C.) (Game 2)
Francis Marion......   003 010 0 -  4  6  2      (6-2)
Wingate.............     021 000 0 -  3  9  0      (4-4)
Pitchers: Francis Marion - Samantha Wroblewski; Sydney Holland(3) and Chelsea Welty. Wingate - R. Weidner and Jordan Floyd.
Win-Sydney Holland (4-2)  Loss-R. Weidner (1-3)  T-1:44
Wroblewski faced 3 batters in the 3rd.