April 2, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Fayetteville State (8-15 overall, 7-3 CIAA) has a two-game lead over Winston-Salem State and Johnson C. Smith with its double-header sweep of Shaw (1-17 overall, 0-7 CIAA) Wednesday afternoon in Seabrook Park. The 11-0 and 8-4 home victory improves the Lady Broncos to 4-0 in the Southern Division.
Fayetteville State had a 2-0 lead after the first inning and enlarged it to 10-0 at the end of the third inning. Seven batters collected a hit to start the onslaught before two were hit by a pitch. All seven hitters crossed home plate for a run including the first batter who was nailed. After a total of 12 batters, the inning came to close with eight runs from eight hits.
Fayetteville State scored its eleventh point in the fourth inning from two hits and a sacrifice. The Bears stopped the bleeding by turning a double play from a bunt.
Through the entire game, Shaw committed one error but struggled getting four hits. FSU had no errors and finished with 13 hits.
The Shaw Lady Bears made a competitive game of the second. SU held a 3-0 lead before the Lady Broncos found its way to the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning with two runs. After the third, the score was tied 3-all, until the Bears gained a one-point advantage (4-3) following the fourth inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, Fayetteville State hit two singles and received a walk to load the bases. Brittany Freeman (Fayetteville, NC) singled through the shortstop with a stinger for two RBI. The next batter hit into a double-play situation which caused a lot of confusion. After the dust settled, FSU had cleared the bases with a base-runner scoring for a 6-4 lead.
With better reigns on its defense, the Lady Broncos scored two more runs in the sixth inning from two hits and a passed ball score.
Jessica Randolph (Pinetops, NC), Daniqua Taylor (Currie, NC) and Alex Wickham (Fayetteville, NC) had three hits each and a stolen base. Ten of fourteen Broncos who touched a bat finished with at least one hit.
Fayetteville State will have a divisional showdown with Winston-Salem State on Saturday, April 5th at 1:00 and 3:00 pm in Seabrook Park.