March 23, 2013
Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score
SALISBURY, NC - The Fayetteville State offense combined for 37 hits and 27 runs on Saturday afternoon as it swept the Livingstone Blue Bears in CIAA softball action at Jaycee-Optimist Complex. The Lady Broncos held on for a 15-9 victory in game one and followed with a 12-4 win in five innings during game two to complete the sweep. FSU has now won six out of its last seven games and five straight in conference play.
Fayetteville State Head Coach Miguel Justiniano reached a coaching milestone on Saturday by picking up his 100th career victory as a coach.
"I am so honored to share this moment with this team, Assistant Coach Russ Salazar, and my hero/son, Assistant Coach Michael Justiniano," said the man known to everyone as "Coach Who". "It has been a humble ride and I am so proud of the teams before; but especially this team. There is more ahead and I cannot wait."
The Lady Broncos (8-22, 6-2 CIAA) notched a season-high 22 hits during the 15-9 victory in game one. Jessica Randolph (Jr., Pinetops, NC) paced the Fayetteville State offense with a 4-for-5 performance; while Ashley Wlezen (Sr., Charlotte, NC), who hit her first home run of the season, drove in a career-high five RBI.
FSU quickly struck for three runs in the top of the first but the Blue Bears answered with three of their own in the bottom-half of the inning. The Lady Broncos broke the game open with nine runs over the course of the next three innings sparked by a six-run fourth to lead 12-3. Livingstone trimmed its deficit to 12-7 after plating four in the bottom of the fifth; but Fayetteville State kept producing runs. FSU scored three more times combined in the sixth and seventh innings to extend its lead to 15-7. The Blue Bears produced two runs in the bottom of the seventh to end the game at 15-9.
Spencer Embler (Jr., Thomasville, NC), who had two hits and one RBI offensively, tossed a complete game to earn the win as she walked one and struck out eight. Shaniqua Hinson surrendered all 22 Lady Bronco base hits to take the loss for Livingstone.
Hinson also had three hits in game one and Lapria Saunders drove in a team-high four RBI.
Fayetteville State produced 15 hits in game two as four players collected multi-hit games. Embler added three hits, including her first homer of the season, and four RBI while pitcher Kristen Bell (Fr., Hubert, NC) held the Blue Bears to five hits. Randolph also hit a home run and added three RBI; and Sencerae Locklear (So., Fairmont, NC) provided three hits. Bell picked up the win after giving up three earned runs while not allowing a walk.
The Lady Broncos jumped ahead 5-0 in the top of the second to highlight a contest in which they scored in all but one inning. Livingstone tallied two runs each in the second and third innings; but Fayetteville State scored three times in the third, and two apiece in the fourth and fifth.
Kiana Williams surrendered 12 runs on 15 hits, one walk and no strikeouts over five innings to receive the loss. Five different Blue Bears each had one hit.
FSU will return to action on Sunday, Mar. 24 when it hosts the Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls in a doubleheader at Seabrook Park. Game one is scheduled for 1 p.m. with game two slated to start at 3 p.m.