March 18, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - There's no denying that the Fayetteville State Lady Broncos' softball team has endured a trying season.
But it's a season that isn't over quite yet. Especially now that CIAA divisional play has begun.
Fayetteville State opened Southern Division play with a pair of victories on the road on Sunday, never trailing in beating Shaw 3-2 in the first game and then 6-3 in the second game.
"We showed a lot of composure, will, determination and grit in winning two games today," said Fayetteville State coach Miguel "Coach Who" Justiniano. "There's a lot of softball left to be played this season."
The Lady Broncos (5-28, 5-3, 2-0) scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning of the second game, getting a go-ahead single from Ashley Wlezen (Jr., Charlotte, N.C.) before a two-run single from Kalneisha Drawhorn (Fr., Rowland, N.C.) to break a 3-3 tie that had completed a Shaw comeback.
Fayetteville State built a 2-0 lead with a run in the first and fourth innings before Shaw knotted the game at 2 with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. But the Lady Broncos came right back in the sixth, taking a 3-2 lead when Laura Worriax (Fr., Mamers, N.C.) drew a bases-loaded walk.
Shaw tied the game with two outs in the sixth on Chelsea Holliday's solo home run to straightaway center field, but the Lady Broncos answered quickly in the seventh to regain control of the game.
Rebecca Polasheck (So., Raford, N.C.) earned the win, scattering four hits and allowing three runs, just two of which were earned. She struck out four in six innings before Tia Caldwell (Fr., Newport, N.C.) came on to pitch the seventh for her second save of the season.
Caldwell picked up the complete game win in the first game of the doubleheader, allowing just two runs on six hits while fanning nine.
(So., Red Springs, N.C.) scored all three runs in the first game, recording two hits. Jessica Randolph
(So., Pinetops, N.C.) drive in two runs and had three hits, finishing 3-for-3 in the game with a walk before adding another base hit in the second game.
Fayetteville State hosts West Virginia State at 2 and 4 p.m. on Tuesday.