Feb. 9, 2013
PEMBROKE, NC – The Fayetteville State softball team suffered consecutive defeats on Saturday during day two of the UNCP Invitational held at LRA Field. The Lady Broncos fell in their first game to the third-ranked (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) Kutztown Golden Bears 9-1 and followed with a 9-0 loss to the California (PA) Vulcans in the nightcap. Spencer Embler (Jr., Thomasville, NC) had a team-high two hits on the day for FSU.
Fayetteville State (0-4) managed just one hit in its opener against Kutztown. That one hit came courtesy of Ashley Wlezen (Sr., Charlotte, NC) who plated Haley Wood (Fr., Spring Hope, NC) on a one-out double down the left field in the top of the fourth.
The contest was scoreless through two innings until the Golden Bears (3-0) scored nine runs in the third and fourth innings. Kutztown recorded five runs in the third and four in the fourth. Colleen Smith had two hits and three RBI for the Golden Bears.
Marley Stubblefield (Fr., Huntland, TN) took the loss pitching in game one allowing four runs on two hits, three walks and one strikeout in 2.1 innings pitched. Mary Kociencki earned the win pitching three scoreless innings allowing no hits, four walks and four strikeouts.
Embler had two hits for the Lady Broncos in game two as California (PA) scored nine runs over the course of three innings. The transfer from Florence-Darlington Technical College earned the start on the mound and allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits, one walk and no strikeouts en route to the loss. Hope Spancake received the win giving up no runs on three hits, one walk and six strikeouts in 4.0 innings of work.
The Vulcans (4-0) tallied five runs in the second inning, and two each in the third and fourth innings. Natalya Smarra posted two hits and two RBI for California (PA).
Fayetteville State will wrap up play at the UNCP Invitational on Sunday afternoon when it faces the Concord Mountain Lions and Francis Marion Patriots. FSU takes on Concord at 1:30 p.m. and Francis Marion at 3:30 p.m.