Feb. 3, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - The Fayetteville State softball team opened its 2013 season on Sunday afternoon by dropping a doubleheader against the Concord Mountain Lions (2-0 overall) at Seabrook Park. The Lady Broncos lost by scores of 8-4 and 4-3. Haley Wood (Fr., Spring Hope, NC) recorded three hits and drove in three runs in her first games for Fayetteville State.
Wood led Fayetteville State (0-2 overall) offensively in the season openers going 3-for-7 at the plate with two doubles and one run scored. She had one hit and one RBI in the first game and followed with two hits and two RBI's in the second.
The Lady Broncos took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on back-to-back RBI hits with two outs by Wood and Sierra Henderson-Holmes (So., Olivia, NC). Wood began with a single to left field that drove in Daniqua Taylor (Jr., Currie, NC) and scored after Henderson-Holmes' RBI triple down the right field line.
That would be all of the offense FSU registered until the seventh inning as Concord plated eight unanswered runs. The Mountain Lions scored one run in the fourth to cut their deficit in half and then took the lead for good with two runs in the fifth. Concord broke the game open with a five-run top of the seventh inning.
Fayetteville State attempted a comeback in the bottom of the seventh but was only able to score two runs. Maya Washington (Jr., Red Springs, NC) drove in Amanda Anderson (So., Hope Mills, NC) for the first run of the inning and Spencer Embler (Jr., Thomasville, NC) singled home Taylor in the next at-bat.
Embler took the loss pitching after allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits, two walks and four strikeouts in six innings pitched.
Concord's Lacey McDougall earned the win; pitching a complete game, giving up four runs on five hits, two walks and four strikeouts.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Mountain Lions struck first with one run in the top of the first. Haley Wood answered back for the Lady Broncos with a two-run double in the bottom of the first. Concord added one run each in the third and fourth innings to take a 3-2 lead. Fayetteville State tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI double by Ashley Wlezen (Sr., Charlotte, NC). The Mountain Lions scored the go-ahead run in the top of the fifth and led for the rest of the game.
Kristen Bell (Fr., Hubert, NC) suffered the loss in game two as she pitched a full game; surrendering four runs on nine hits, no walks and two strikeouts.
Rachael Mack picked up the win for the Mountain Lions as she also pitched all innings; giving up three runs (one earned) on six hits, two walks and four strikeouts.
Jessica Seymour led Concord in game one with three hits and two RBI while Alyssa Morris had two hits and two RBI in game two.
The Lady Broncos will return to action this weekend when they travel to Pembroke, NC to participate in the UNC Pembroke Invitational (Feb. 9-10). FSU will face Kutztown and California (PA) on Jan. 9, and Concord and Francis Marion on Feb. 10.