Ellard no-hits Lions with 12 strikeouts

Ellard no-hits Lions with 12 strikeouts

FLORENCE, SC – Sophomore right-hander Katelyn Ellard pitched her second no-hitter of the season and struck out 12 batters to lead Francis Marion University to an 8-0 win over Emmanuel College (Ga.), Sunday afternoon (Feb. 17) in the final game of the 2019 Patriot Invitational Softball Tournament.

Emmanuel (6-5) defeated Chowan University 11-3 in Sunday's first contest.

Francis Marion improves to 9-3 with its fifth straight win.  The Patriots will host the three-day Swamp Fox Sizzler event this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  FMU will play Queens University of Charlotte on Friday at 5 p.m.

Ellard remains unbeaten with a 5-0 mark.  She fanned the first seven batters she faced on Sunday and 11 of the first 13.  The only runner to reach base was a hit batter with one out in the third inning.  Of the 15 outs in the run-shorted contest, 12 were strikeouts, two were foul outs to sophomore right fielder Karson Parker, and only one ball was hit in play, a weak grounder up the line to senior first baseman Jessica Harney.

Senior catcher Chelsea Welty led FMU at the plate with two hits, including a double, and three runs batted in.  Sophomore centerfielder Taylor DeLeon and Parker also had two hits apiece. 

FMU senior shortstop Taylor Johnson extended her hitting streak to 10 games with a second-inning single up the middle.

Emmanuel senior righty Alannah Long (0-2) was the losing pitcher.

Francis Marion plated two runs in the third on a throwing error and an RBI triple by senior second baseman Jaimie Harney.  The advantage doubled to 4-0 in the fourth on an RBI double off the top of the leftfield fence by twin sister Jessica Harney and a run-scoring ground out by Welty.

FMU ended the game with four runs in the last of the fifth, all scoring after two were out.  Senior third baseman Angela Buccilli and Jessica Harney drew bases-loaded walks and Welty laced a two-run single to left center to end the contest.


Francis Marion 8, Emmanuel (Ga.) 0 (Feb 19, 2019 at Florence, SC)
Emmanuel (Ga.)...... 000 00 -  0  0  2      (6-6)
Francis Marion......   002 24 -  8  9  0      (9-3)
Pitchers: Emmanuel (Ga.) - A. Long; M. Hopper (5) and B. Collins. Francis Marion - Katelyn Ellard and Chelsea Welty.
Win-Katelyn Ellard (5-0)  Loss-A. Long (0-2)  T-1:37  A-60
Weather: Cloudy, 44, Winds N @ 5 mph
M. Hopper faced 2 batters in the 5th.