April 3, 2017

Box Score

Winston-Salem, NC – The Fayetteville State University women’s softball team defeated Winston-Salem State University in both games (19-10, 6-3) of the Southern Division opener on Saturday, April 1st at the Twin City Field. FSU improves to 13-12 overall, 6-1 in the CIAA, and 2-0 in the division.

FSU had too much offensive firepower for the Rams in game one with 19 runs scored. WSSU allowed at least one run in all seven innings. Junior pitcher Carley Green (Fayetteville, NC) earned the victory with 10 runs and 11 hits allowed with two strikeouts in a complete game.

Junior leftfielder Maggie Smith (Fayetteville, NC) had a big day with seven RBIs, two runs scored, and four hits in a cycle of single, double, triple, and homerun. Senior catcher HaLee Knowles (Wallace, NC) and junior third baseman Kortni Adams (Sabattus, ME) both had four hits and four runs scored.

Both Fayetteville State and the Rams produced three runs in the first inning. FSU had two hits and three runs in the top of the inning, including a 2-RBI homerun from Smith. The Lady Broncos broke the tie with two runs in the second and three runs in the third.

In the top of the fourth, WSSU gave up five hits and three runs, including a 3-RBI triple to right center from Smith. Fayetteville State had four hits and four runs in fifth. Smith hit a 2-RBI double to left center in the inning. Winston-Salem added their last three runs in the bottom of the fifth. FSU tacked on one run in the sixth and three runs in the seventh to account for the 19-10 final.

Neither team produced a run in the first inning of game two. The Lady Broncos had one run scored in the top of the second, but WSSU added three runs in the bottom of the inning. Destiny Snipes homered for the Rams to start the bottom of inning number two.



FSU scored one run in the third, fifth, and seventh innings along with two runs in the fourth to eclipse Winston-Salem State 6-3. Smith had a solo homerun in the seventh; her second homer of the day. Senior pitcher Kyrin Walker (Carthage, NC) took the win on the mound with three strikeouts and no runs allowed in over five innings pitched.

“This was a great way to start our division schedule, now we have to keep building,” said head coach Jackie Stickley. “We’ve had some tough competition thus far in the season; today I was impressed with how we maintained our intensity throughout the day.”

Fayetteville State returns to the field on Wednesday, April 5th against Mount Olive University. First pitch in the non-conference doubleheader is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. in Mount Olive, NC.

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