Harney hits three homers in split with Augusta

Harney hits three homers in split with Augusta

FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University junior first baseman Jessica Harney blasted three homers as the Patriots and Augusta University split a couple of contests with the first game going to the Jaguars 13-10 and the second to FMU 9-6, Saturday afternoon (Mar. 10) in Peach Belt Conference softball action.

Francis Marion moves to 12-12 overall and 1-3 in conference play, while Augusta's record is 5-15 and 1-1.

The next contest for FMU will be on Wednesday, Mar. 14 as Wingate University will make its way to the Griffin Athletic Complex for a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m.

Senior third baseman Sam Chiudina and Jessica Harney both tallied four hits on the day and drove in six runs total, while junior catcher Chelsea Welty recorded two hits and three RBIs during the first game.

During the first contest, the Patriots got off to a 7-0 lead through two innings with a single by Chiudina plating one run, followed by an RBI-bunt single by Jessica Harney. The next batter, Welty doubled to right center plating two runs to finish off the four-run frame.

FMU's second inning consisted of a two-RBI double by Chiudina, and a single by Welty scoring one run, making Francis Marion's lead 7-0.

The Jaguars would come back with multiple-run innings in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to take a 13-7 lead. In the top of the third, senior first baseman Carolyn Edwards doubled plating two, followed by a single to right center by freshman left fielder Bella Fernandez. Augusta would plate four more runs in the fourth frame as junior center fielder Savannah Gabriel had a three-RBI double.

The big inning came in the fifth as an bases loaded walk, single, and triple all accounted for runs for Augusta, resulting in a six-run frame.

FMU would add three runs in the sixth by way of junior shortstop Taylor Johnson scoring on a wild pitch, and a three-run homer to left field by Jessica Harney.

Sophomore righty starter Sydney Holland (8-7) picked up the loss for FMU as she struck out five in four innings, allowing all of Augusta's 13 runs.

Augusta's sophomore reliever Jada Jackson picked up the win for the Jaguars as she gave up just three runs and seven hits in her four innings pitched.

Just like the first game, the second consisted of Francis Marion scoring seven runs in the first two innings. Junior catcher Jaimie Harney got the scoring going as she plated a run on a fielder's choice. Sophomore designated player Shania Domingue followed with a single to right field scoring two runs.

In the second frame, Chiudina knocked an RBI-double to left center field scoring two. Jessica Harney followed with a two-run homer to right field, making the score 7-0.

After a single run in the third inning, Augusta would plate four runs in the top of the fourth with Fernandez reaching on a throwing error, a double by sophomore second baseman Lydia Hausman, and a single by senior shortstop Auburn Balcorta.

One run in both the fifth and sixth frames would ice the game away for the Patriots.

Earning the win for FMU was Holland in relief of graduate student Samantha Wroblewski , who pitched three innings and gave up four runs on three hits.

Sophomore righty Morgan Hunter (3-7) took the loss for the Jaguars as she allowed seven runs on seven hits, while striking out two batters.


Augusta University 13, Francis Marion Univ. 10 (Mar 10, 2018 at Florence, SC) (Game 1)
Augusta University.. 003 460 0 - 13 13  2      (5-14, 1-0 PBC)
Francis Marion Univ. 430 003 0 - 10 12  2      (11-12, 0-3 PBC)
Pitchers: Augusta University - Courtney Browne; Jada Jackson(2); Morgan Hunter(6) and
Ashley Boyd. Francis Marion Univ. - Sydney Holland; Reece Davis(5) and Chelsea Welty.
Win-Jada Jackson (1-2)  Save-Morgan Hunter (1)  Loss-Sydney Holland (7-7)  T-2:13  A-151
HR AUGSB18 - Lydia Hausman (2).
HR FMU_SB - Jessica Harney (6).
Weather: Sunny, 70, winds: SE @ 10 mph
Holland faced 6 batters in the 5th.

Francis Marion Univ. 9, Augusta University 6 (Mar 10, 2018 at Florence, SC) (Game 2)
Augusta University.. 001 401 0 -  6  9  2      (5-15, 1-1 PBC)
Francis Marion Univ. 340 011 X -  9  9  2      (12-12, 1-3 PBC)
Pitchers: Augusta University - Morgan Hunter; Jada Jackson(3) and Ashley Boyd.
Francis Marion Univ. - Samantha Wroblewski; Sydney Holland(4) and Jaimie Harney.
Win-Sydney Holland(8-7)  Loss-Morgan Hunter(3-7)  T-2:47  A-0
HR AUGSB18 - Auburn Balcorta (1).
HR FMU_SB - Jessica Harney 2 (8).
Weather: Mostly Cloudy,70,WindsESE@4mph
M. Hunter faced 1 batter in the 3rd.
Wroblewski faced 3 batters in the 4th.