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.

Today's Events

Cross Country @ SAC Championships, 9:00
Volleyball @ Tusculum, 12:30VideoStats
Swimming @ Wingate, 2:00
Football @ Tusculum, 2:30AudioVideoStats
Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM, 5:00VideoStats
Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM, 7:30VideoStats


«October 2017»
October 1

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3) 

October 2

Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 1 (Ocean Ridge Plantation)

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4) 

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4) 

October 3

Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 2 (Ocean Ridge Plantation) 14th of 17

Volleyball @ Coker 1-3

October 4

Soccer (W) vs. QUEENS 0-1

Soccer (M) vs. QUEENS 1-1

October 5

Tennis (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 7-2

Tennis (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 1-8

October 6

Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 1) 

October 7

Cross Country @ Hagan Stone Classic W-1st;M-3rd

Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 2) 1st of 7

Football vs. NORTH GREENVILLE 26-20

Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 2-3

Soccer (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3

Soccer (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3

October 9

Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 1 (Rock Barn GC)

Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)

October 10

Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 2 (Rock Barn GC) 9th of 17

Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 10th of 17

October 11

Soccer (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 3-1

Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-4

October 14

Football vs. WINGATE 24-27

Volleyball @ Anderson 0-3

Soccer (M) @ Anderson 1-2

Soccer (W) @ Anderson 1-2

October 16

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)

Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)

October 17

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 11th of 13

Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 12th of 16

Tennis (W) vs. Newberry 4-5

Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 1-8

October 18

Soccer (W) @ Wingate 0-1

Soccer (M) @ Wingate 0-0

October 19

Tennis (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 2-7

October 20

Swimming MEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 91-164

Swimming WOMEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 81-172

Volleyball vs. MARS HILL 1-3

October 21

Cross Country @ SAC Championships 9 a.m.

Volleyball @ Tusculum 12:30 p.m.

Swimming @ Wingate 2 p.m.

Football @ Tusculum 2:30 p.m.

Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM 5 p.m.

Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM 7:30 p.m.

October 24

Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.

Volleyball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.

October 25

Soccer (M) vs. USC AIKEN 7 p.m.

October 27

Swimming Men @ Gardner-Webb 5 p.m.

Volleyball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 7 p.m.

October 28

Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1 p.m.

Football @ Limestone 1 p.m.

Volleyball vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 2 p.m.

Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 3:30 p.m.

October 31

Soccer (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Soccer (M) @ SAC Tournament (1st Round)

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Soccer (M) Team Photo