Cougars take pair from FMU softball

Cougars take pair from FMU softball

COLUMBUS, GA – Francis Marion University junior catcher Jaimie Harney registered four hits and a pair of runs batted in, but the Patriots suffered a season-ending doubleheader sweep at the hands of Columbus State University, dropping 10-4 and 7-1 decisions on Saturday afternoon (April 21) in Peach Belt Conference softball action.

Francis Marion concludes its 2018 campaign with a 19-25 overall record and a 5-15 conference mark.

In the opener, Francis Marion took a 3-1 lead after four frames thanks to an RBI-double by Harney in the third and a two-run homer by freshman Reece Davis in the fourth.

However, Columbus State plated six runs in the fifth inning to erase that advantage.  Catcher Lee Anne Rees clouted a two-run homer and shortstop Calli Star a two-run double in the outburst.

FMU sophomore right-hander Sydney Holland (12-15) suffered the loss as she allowed seven runs on seven hits in five innings of work.  She struck out three.

Both Harney and Davis each collected two hits in game one.

In the second contest, CSU built a 4-0 margin after four innings thanks to a pair of two-run homers by right fielder JoJo Beyer and first baseman Elizabeth Perdue.

Harney's RBI-single to left field in the fifth trimmed the deficit to 4-1, but Star blasted a three-run shot in the bottom half of the frame to up the Cougar lead to 7-1.

Both Harney and junior shortstop Taylor Johnson each recorded two hits in game two.

FMU graduate student Samantha Wroblewski (1-2) pitched a complete game in her final Patriot appearance.  Third baseman Sam Chiudina is the only other senior on the 2018 squad.

Peyton Sorrells (12-4) notched a complete-game win as the Cougars improved to 31-16 and 14-4.

Harney ends the season with an eight-game hitting streak, while Johnson reached base safely in each of the last 18 contests. Chiudina reached base safely in each of her final 15 games.


Columbus State 10, Francis Marion 4 (Apr 21, 2018 at Columbus, Ga.) (Game 1)
Francis Marion......   001 201 0 -  4  5  0      (19-24, 5-14 PBC)
Columbus State...... 100 063 X - 10 11  0      (30-16, 13-4 PBC)
Pitchers: Francis Marion - Sydney Holland; Reece Davis(6) and Jaimie Harney. Columbus State -
Darby Demarest; Helen Snavely(7) and Lee Anne Rees.
Win-Darby Demarest(14-8)  Loss-Sydney Holland(12-15)  T-2:08  A-0
HR FMU_SB - Reece Davis (1).
HR CSU - Keeli Waugh (11); JoJo Beyer (5); Lee Anne Rees (1).
Weather: 73 degrees, clear

Columbus State 7, Francis Marion 1 (Apr 21, 2018 at Columbus, Ga.) (Game 2)
Francis Marion......   000 010 0 -  1  4  0      (19-25, 5-15 PBC)
Columbus State...... 022 030 X -  7  8  2      (31-16, 14-4 PBC)
Pitchers: Francis Marion - Samantha Wroblewski and Jaimie Harney. Columbus State -
Peyton Sorrells and Lee Anne Rees.
Win-Peyton Sorrells(12-4)  Loss-Samantha Wroblewski(1-2)  T-1:44  A-321
HR CSU - Elizabeth Perdue (11); Calli Star (6); JoJo Beyer (6).
Weather: 74 degrees, clear