Feb. 2, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Fayetteville State softball team has adopted a fitting team motto as it prepares to embark on a journey towards a CIAA Championship in 2013. The team motto for this season is Corazon y Hustle, which is Spanish for Heart and Hustle. The Lady Broncos will look to implement that motto in a big way when they kick off their 2013 season on Sunday afternoon with a doubleheader against the Concord Mountain Lions. The doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m. at Seabrook Park with the second game scheduled for 3 p.m.
Fayetteville State returns nine players from last season’s team that finished 10-37 overall and 10-6 in conference play. The Lady Broncos finished second in CIAA Southern Division play, behind Winston-Salem State, with a 7-3 record.
FSU welcomes nine newcomers to the roster this season. The Lady Broncos have seven newcomers that hail from the state of North Carolina, and one each from Tennessee and Georgia.
Fayetteville State is slated to play 42 games in 2013 with 16 scheduled to take place at Seabrook Park in Fayetteville. The 2013 CIAA Softball Championship begins on Apr. 17 and will be hosted by Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA.
The Lady Broncos will be strong at the plate as their top four hitters return to the lineup in Maya Washington (Jr., Red Springs, NC), Sencerae Locklear (So., Fairmont, NC), Jessica Randolph (Jr., Pinetops, NC) and Sierra Henderson-Holmes (So., Olivia, NC).
Washington led Fayetteville State last season with a .315 average and started in all 47 games she played in. The transfer from Shaw led the Lady Broncos in hits (47) and total bases (59). Locklear finished just behind Washington in hitting with a .311 average and 10 RBI in 23 games with 22 starts. Randolph appeared in 45 games with 43 starts, and hit .288 last season as a sophomore with one home run and a team-high 23 RBI. Henderson-Holmes drove in 11 runs to go with a .274 average as she started in 39 contests.
FSU must replace its two primary starting pitchers from 2012. Justiniano feels he has the hurlers in place to do just that. He says that his starting rotation will consist of two players that are number one pitchers and one that is a number two; although the number two is not far off from being a number one.
The three pitchers are Spencer Embler (Jr., Thomasville, NC), Kristen Bell (Fr., Hubert, NC) and Marley Stubblefield (Fr., Huntland, TN). Embler is a transfer from Florence-Darlington Technical College, while Bell and Stubblefield are both freshman. Bell attended Swansboro High School and Stubblefield is from Huntland High School.
Concord ended its 2012 season with a 20-29 overall record and 9-16 mark in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Mountain Lions were projected to finish ninth in the WVIAC Preseason Poll. Concord is under the direction of second-year head coach Alisa Tasler.
Fayetteville State will make the short trip to Pembroke, NC next weekend to participate in the UNC Pembroke Invitational (Feb. 9-10). The Lady Broncos face Kutztown and California (PA) on Feb. 9, and Concord and Francis Marion on Feb. 10.
The Last Meeting
February 11, 2012
Fayetteville, NC (Seabrook Park)