Early deficits too much to overcome at Francis Marion
The Georgia Southwestern softball team fell behind early in both games of their Peach Belt Conference softball doubleheader at Francis Marion on Monday afternoon, eventually falling by scores of 5-2 and 8-3.
Francis Marion improves to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the PBC, while GSW drops to 2-8 and 0-4.
Trailing 5-0 in game 1, the Lady Hurricanes scored their two runs in the fourth on a two-run homer to left-center field by third baseman Katie Wooten. Left-hander Jessica Martin (0-3) allowed the five runs in only one inning pitched. Right-handed reliever Katie Mueller threw 5.0 scoreless innings.
GSW was held to two hits in the opener.
Kat Beauvais was 2-for-3 for Francis Marion, as was center fielder Destinea Schneider and second baseman Ashley Jaramillo.
Game two lasted over two hours and was played almost entirely in a steady cold rain. Junior outfielder Chelle Phillips paced the Patriots with a 2-for-4 effort that included two runs scored and four driven in. Her three-run homer helped stake the Patriots to a 7-0 advantage after four innings.
Martin, as the designated hitter for GSW, and catcher Ashley Harris both went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Lady Hurricanes in the second contest. Second baseman Gabby Buck and Wooten also rapped out two hits for GSW. Righty starter Mariko Nomura (1-4) lasted only 2.1 innings and allowed four runs on five hits.
Jaramillo, Schneider, and Michaela Wolf also collected two hits in the second game.
Wolf, who picked up a pair of wins tossing two complete games for FMU, drilled a line-drive solo home run in the sixth inning. She struck out nine Lady ‘Canes in game two, while walking only one.
Southwestern will host Emmanuel College for a four-game set this weekend, beginning with a doubleheader on Friday at 4 p.m.
PICTURED: Gabby Buck
PHOTO BY: Chris Fenn