Patriots drop opening PBC softball twinbill

Patriots drop opening PBC softball twinbill

GREENWOOD, SC – Senior Dariean Ward hit a walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning giving Lander University a 4-3 win over Francis Marion University and a sweep of the two squad's opening Peach Belt Conference games of the 2018 campaign, Sunday afternoon (March 4). The Bearcats won the opener 4-1.

Francis Marion (9-11, 0-2) will play a doubleheader at Barton College on Thursday at 1 p.m., before returning home to host a pair of PBC twinbills next weekend.

Senior third baseman Sam Chiudina led FMU with three hits in game two. Graduate student Samantha Wroblewski made her first start of the season and pitched into the seventh inning. She allowed three runs on six hits with three strikeouts.

Looking for the doubleheader split, Chiudina gave the Patriots a 2-0 advantage with a two-run triple in the top of the first.  Junior shortstop Taylor Johnson led off the third with a solo home run to up the margin to 3-0.

Blanked by Wroblewski through five frames, Lander scored twice in the sixth to draw within 3-2. In the bottom of the seventh, FMU sophomore Sydney Holland (5-6) relieved Wroblewski with two on and one out.  After the second out was recorded, Sydney Grimes drilled an RBI single to knot the score at 3-3 and force extra innings.

Patriot sophomore Shania Domingue singled to lead off the top of the eighth, but was stranded.  Junior Kelli McCormack hit a one-out single in the bottom of the frame for Lander and Ward followed with her game-winning hit.

In game one, Lander first baseman Hallie Sorrow accounted for three runs.  She had an RBI triple in the first, a solo homer in the fourth, and an RBI ground out in the fifth.

Holland (5-5) suffered the game-one loss, but did homer in the seventh inning to account for the Patriot tally. She surrendered seven hits and three earned runs with two strikeouts and no walks.

McKenzi Ferguson (9-1) was the winning pitcher in games. In the opener, she limited the Patriots to four hits, while fanning four and issuing two bases on balls.


Lander 4, Francis Marion 1 (Mar 4, 2018 at Greenwood, S.C.) (Game 1)
Francis Marion...... 000 000 1 -  1  4  2      (9-10, 0-1 PBC)
Lander..............     100 120 X -  4  7  0      (13-4, 1-0 PBC)
Pitchers: Francis Marion - Sydney Holland and Chelsea Welty. Lander - M. Ferguson and C. Carey.
Win-M. Ferguson(8-1)  Loss-Sydney Holland(5-5)  T-1:39  A-231
HR FMU_SB - Sydney Holland.
HR LUSB - H. Sorrow.
Weather: Sunny, 61

Lander 4, Francis Marion 3 (Mar 4, 2018 at Greenwood,SC) (Game 2)
Francis Marion...... 201 000 00 -  3  9  0      (9-11, 0-2 PBC)
Lander..............      000 002 11 -  4  9  5      (14-4, 2-0 PBC)
Pitchers: Francis Marion - Samantha Wroblewski; Sydney Holland(7) and Chelsea Welty. Lander -
B. Surrento; M. Ferguson(8) and C. Carey.
Win-M. Ferguson (9-1)  Loss-Sydney Holland (5-6)  T-2:13  A-209
HR FMU_SB - Taylor Johnson.
Weather: Sunny, 60