FMU Softball: Patriots earn split with Hurricanes
Junior Janecia Hemingway belted a two-run homer in the fourth inning, and junior outfielder Danielle Karacson doubled to drive in two runs in the eighth as Francis Marion rallied for a 4-2 win in extra innings over Georgia Southwestern State University and earned a split of Sunday afternoon’s Peach Belt Conference softball doubleheader. The Hurricanes took game one, 6-4.
Francis Marion (10-16, 6-8) will return to Florence to host nationally-ranked University of North Georgia on Friday at 4 p.m. Attendance is limited to 250 and that includes only season ticket holders, FMU students with pre-acquired tickets, and family members of players and staff with pre-reserved tickets. No walk-up game-day tickets will be sold.
Game one against GSSU saw two scoreless frames before the Hurricanes (13-13, 4-8) put three runs on the board in the bottom of the third inning. However, the Patriots responded by exploding for four runs in the fifth.
Sophomore catcher Sarah Harkins continued the Patriots rally by plating senior outfielder Jordan Carlson with an RBI-single up the middle. Karacson hit an RBI-grounder that saw both Patterson and Harkins scored on yet another errant Hurricane throw as FMU took a 4-3 lead. However, GSW answered with three runs in the sixth to take game one, 6-4.
Zoe Willis (6-4) picked up the game one win for the Hurricanes, while sophomore Rachel Davis (5-5) was the loser in relief of starter Taylor Florea.
In game two, the Hurricanes struck first on a solo home run by Chloe Sneed. The Patriots answered with a two-run home run to left-center by Hemingway in the top of the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. GSW tied the score in the fifth.
After two scoreless innings, the two squads headed to extra innings. In the top of the eighth with runners on first and second, Karacson doubled to left-center field scoring both Harkins and Patterson.
In the bottom of the frame, GSW loaded the bases with two out. Florea came on to pitch and got a fielder's choice to end the game and earn her first save.
Hemingway (1-5) picked up her first win of the season, with 7.2 innings of work.
Matsil led FMU with three hits in the doubleheader.