FSU Broncos Softball Drops Season Openers to Benedict

Feb. 8, 2018

Game 1 Stats | Game 2 Stats

Fayetteville, NC – Fayetteville State University opened its softball season with a doubleheader against Benedict College at the Lamon Street Park. Things did not go exactly as planned for the Broncos, as FSU dropped both games to the Tigers, 13-8 and 14-11.

Madison Mendoza (Apple Valley, CA) led the day with two home runs and a double. She had a total of four runners batted in (RBI) with four hits. She also pitched a total of 7.2 innings and is credited with one loss after giving up 16 hits and 14 runs in the second game.

Brittany Lee (Newton, NJ) also finished with four hits. With a double and three singles, she had a total of two runs and RBI.

Ashlyn Zook (Ottumwa, IA) had a total of 11 putouts as a first baseman in the second game. She pitched the majority of the first game.

In the first game, Fayetteville State held an 8-7 lead until things went awry in the final two innings.

In the bottom of the sixth, FSU suffered an injury on a ground-out which left the Broncos one player shy of the nine defensive positions.

With only two Bronco outfielders in the top of the seventh, Benedict took advantage of the gaps. The Tigers scored six (6) runs in the final inning with four hits and two FSU fielding errors.

Pitcher Ashlyn Zook suffered the loss in the circle.  She pitched 6.1 innings with 38 batters faced and gave up nine hits and 13 runs. Zook walked seven and struck out six.

The Broncos finished with nine hits and eight runners batted in. Ten FSU runners were left on base.

Taylor Roberts saved the game for the Tigers with three innings pitched, one batter walked and one hit-by-pitch. She faced 13 batters and struck out two.



Game #2 -

Fayetteville State took a 4-0 lead in the second game of the doubleheader after two innings played.

Benedict came alive in the fourth and fifth innings with seven runs scored in each outing. The 14-6 lead was gained by a total of 13 hits.

FSU put together two runs in the fifth inning and had a chance of changing the outcome of the game in the final at-bat. With two outs and a 14-9 score, three Broncos were walked which allowed Mendoza to cross home plate for a 14-10 score.

Bases still loaded, the Benedict pitcher walked another batter for another uncontested run and a 14-11 score.

One could only wish for a Bronco grand slam for the win!

The Tigers switched pitchers after one base hit was given up and four batters were walked with one hit-by-pitch in the inning.

With a fresh arm in the circle and all fingers crossed, the game ended on an unorthodox attempt to steal home. The runner was thrown out by the catcher as she tried to return to third base.

Benedict had a total of 16 hits for the 14 runs.

Fayetteville State is scheduled to play hometown opponent Methodist on Wednesday, February 14th.


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