FMU softball sweeps Lady Panthers 15-0 and 13-0

FMU softball sweeps Lady Panthers 15-0 and 13-0

FLORENCE, SC – Junior Jessica Harney went a combined 6-for-8 and drove in eight runs in her first games as a Patriot to power Francis Marion University to a sweep of Claflin University, 15-0 and 13-0, Saturday afternoon (Feb. 3) in non-conference softball action.

Francis Marion's twinbill with Newberry College on Sunday has been postponed because of rain in the forecast.  FMU will host Florida Southern College for a doubleheader on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

In the season opener, Francis Marion scored five times in the first and 10 runs in the second frame.  Sophomore right-hander Sydney Holland (1-0) allowed only one single in the five-inning contest. She struck out five and walked one.

Harney went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs.  Senior third baseman Sam Chiudina plated four runs with a double and a homer, while junior catcher Chelsea Welty belted a two-run homer.

In game two, freshman righty Reece Davis (1-0) came within two outs of tossing a no-hitter in her collegiate debut.  A one-out double in the top of the fifth broke up the no-no.  She struck out two and did not issue a walk in 4.1 innings.  Graduate student Samantha Wroblewski came on and recorded the final two outs for the combined shutout.

The Patriots scored twice in each of the first two frames, added six tallies in the third frame, and scored three times in the fourth, while registering 11 total hits.

Harney finished the second contest 4-for-4 with a double, a homer, and five RBIs. Chiudina went 2-for-2 with a walk, a double, three runs scored, and three driven in. Welty added a pair of hits in game two.

Tiaria Norman (0-1) and LaKaylin Lee (0-1) were credited with the losses for Claflin, which was also playing its season opening games.  


      Jessica Harney


Francis Marion Univ. 15, Claflin University 0 (Feb 03, 2018 at Florence, SC) (Game 1)
Claflin University.. 00   0 00 -  0  1  2      (0-1)
Francis Marion Univ. 5(10)0 0X - 15 10  1      (1-0)
Pitchers: Claflin University - Tiaria Norman; Reagan Hill(2); LaKaylin Lee(2) and Mercedes Howze
. Francis Marion Univ. - Sydney Holland and Chelsea Welty.
Win-Sydney Holland(1-0)  Loss-Tiaria Norman(0-1)  T-1:29  A-111
HR FMU_SB - Sam Chiudina; Chelsea Welty.
Weather: Sunny, 38, Winds ESE @ 6 mph
R. Hill faced 2 batters in the 2nd.
Game: 1


Francis Marion Univ. 13, Claflin University 0 (Feb 03, 2018 at Florence, SC) (Game 2)
Claflin University.. 000 00 -  0  1  2      (0-2)
Francis Marion Univ. 226 3X - 13 11  1      (2-0)
Pitchers: Claflin University - LaKaylin Lee; Reagan Hill(3); Tiaria Norman(4) and Jada Ames;
Mercedes Howze. Francis Marion Univ. - Reece Davis; Samantha Wroblewski(5) and Chelsea Welty.
Win-Reece Davis(1-0)  Loss-LaKaylin Lee(0-1)  T-1:35  A-0
HR FMU_SB - Jessica Harney (1).
Weather: Sunny, 43, Winds E @ 5 mph
Game: 2