Francis Marion sweeps Softball in season-opener

SALISBURY, NC -- Francis Marion took both games of a doubleheader from host Catawba in softball action Wednesday afternoon at Whitley Field. The Patriots picked up a 9-8 win in game one, followed by a 8-0 victory in the nightcap. Francis Marion improves to 4-0 overall, while the Lady Indians fall to 0-2.

Catawba put four runs on the board in the first inning of game one as Ryann Baker (Rockwell, NC) picked up a bases loaded walk, followed by a two-run single off the bat of Jenn Mehl (West Creek, NJ). FMU struck in the second with a RBI-triple from Jenna Sexton (Marietta, GA) scoring Monica Wofford (Myrtle Beach, SC).

Trailing 4-2, the Patriots cut the lead to one as Tatjana Slawson (North Charleston, SC) belted a solo homerun leading off the sixth. FMU seemed to put the game away in the seventh putting up a six spot. Kayla Ruede (Temecula, CA) had a pinch-hit RBI single to start the scoring. Janane Allen (Lilburn, GA) capped the inning off with a two-run blast to center.

Catawba would respond with four of its own in the seventh. A leadoff double from Cassie Markham (New Port Richey, FL), RBI-single from Ashlee Rhoades (China Grove, NC) and back-to-back dingers from Jacqueline White (Mt. Ulla, NC) and Baker cut the lead to one, but Serena Lim (Sacramento, CA) came in and shut the door on the Catawba comeback in game one, picking up the save.

Lim would get the start in game two for the Patriots firing a two-hitter leading FMU to the 8-0 win. In the first, Slawson smacked a two-out double to center, later scoring on Allie Aleman’s (Santa Ana, CA) RBI-single. Allen then knocked in Aleman with her run-scoring double minutes later.

A solo-HR from Jaime Wiggins (Marion, SC) in the third gave the Patriots a 4-0 lead before her two-run double in the seventh, followed by a two-run blast by Lim giving FMU its final margin of 8-0. Markham had one of her three doubles on the afternoon leading off the first with Jessie Whitesides (Yadkinville, NC) picking up the other base hit for Catawba leading off the fifth, snapping a stretch of 12 straight retired batters by Lim.

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