Feb. 10, 2013
PEMBROKE, NC – The Fayetteville State softball team was defeated by the Concord Mountain Lions and Francis Marion Patriots on Sunday afternoon in the final two games of the UNCP Invitational at LRA Field. The Lady Broncos fell 12-8 to the Mountain Lions and 2-0 in the tournament finale against the Patriots. Daniqua Taylor (Jr., Currie, NC) drove in three runs during FSU’s first game against Concord.
Fayetteville State (0-6) allowed eight runs in the first three innings to fall behind the Mountain Lions 8-0 heading into the fourth. FSU’s offense responded with eight runs of its own to tie the game at 8-8 after six innings. The Lady Broncos plated three runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth. Concord (4-5) took the lead for good with a four-run seventh inning to go ahead 12-8.
Kristen Bell (Fr., Hubert, NC) suffered the loss in game one pitching a complete game while giving up 12 runs (three earned) on 15 hits, no walks and one strikeout. Lacey McDougall picked up the win allowing three runs (none earned) on no hits, four walks and no strikeouts in 2.2 innings of relief.
Maya Washington (Jr., Red Springs, NC) paced the Fayetteville State offense with three hits while Taylor had three RBI. Spencer Ember (Jr., Thomasville, NC) added two RBI. Becca Gleason and Jessica Seymour recorded three hits each for the Mountain Lions while Hayley Wade drove in three runs.
The Lady Broncos were held to four hits in game two against Francis Marion (8-2). Washington, Taylor, Embler and Haley Wood (Fr., Spring Hope, NC) tallied one hit each. Tristan Faile had two RBI for the Patriots on a two-out double in the top of first.
Embler suffered the loss despite pitching her first complete game of the season. She allowed just the two first-inning runs while giving up six hits, two walks and no strikeouts. Danielle Payne earned the win tossing a complete game for Francis Marion. She struck out six batters while surrendering four hits and two walks.
Washington and Embler were selected to the UNCP Invitational All-Tournament Team. Washington finished the weekend with a .333 average on four hits, one double and two runs scored. Embler had a team-leading .375 average (3-for-8) with two RBI.
Fayetteville State returns to action this weekend (Feb. 15-17) when it heads to Raleigh to participate in the Shaw Softball Challenge and CIAA Roundup. Both events will be held at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex.