Softball Will Play Seven Games This Weekend In Raleigh

Feb. 14, 2013

Walnut Creek Softball Complex Information
Shaw Softball Challenge Central

The Fayetteville State softball team remains on the road this weekend when it travels to Raleigh to take part in the Shaw Softball Challenge and CIAA Roundup. The Lady Broncos will play seven games this weekend beginning on Friday morning. The three-day event is set to take place at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex.

Fayetteville State is scheduled to play two games on Friday, three on Saturday and two on Sunday. FSU will play the Seton Hill Griffins (1 p.m.) and West Virginia State Yellow Jackets (5 p.m.) on Friday; the Virginia Union Panthers (11 a.m.), Bowie State Bulldogs (2 p.m.) and Seton Hill (5 p.m.) on Saturday; and Lock Haven Eagles (9 a.m.) and Lincoln Lions (1 p.m.) on Sunday.

The Lady Broncos head into the weekend with a 0-6 record after falling to third-ranked (NFCA) Kutztown, California (PA), Concord and Francis Marion last weekend at the UNCP Invitational in Pembroke. Two-way player Spencer Embler (Jr., Thomasville, NC) leads FSU in hitting with a .313 average while posting a team-best 4.20 ERA on the mound. Haley Wood (Fr., Spring Hope, NC) is the only other Lady Bronco hitting over .300 this season. She currently has a .308 average. Kristen Bell (Fr., Hubert, NC) leads the team with two complete games pitching.

All six of FSU’s opponents will be opening its 2013 season this weekend in Raleigh. Two of the opponents advanced to the NCAA Tournament in West Virginia State and Lock Haven.

Seton Hill finished 2012 with a 20-29 overall record and was 15-15 in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Griffins were voted sixth in the Preseason WVIAC Poll.

West Virginia State fell in the WVIAC Tournament Championship game last season after finishing 47-15 overall and 22-4 in the conference. The Yellow Jackets are picked to finish second this year in the WVIAC Preseason Poll.

Virginia Union finished last season 11-24 overall and 7-12 in the CIAA. The Panthers were fourth in the Northern Division at 4-6. VUU has been picked to finish fourth within the division in the CIAA Preseason Poll.

Bowie State completed the 2012 campaign with a 20-16 overall record and 12-4 mark in conference play. The Bulldogs were second in the Northern Division standings at 7-3 and were picked to finish third in the division for the CIAA Preseason Poll.

Lincoln was 2-22 overall and 0-18 within the conference last season; while also finishing sixth in the Northern Division at 0-10. The Lions have been projected to place sixth in the CIAA Preseason Poll for the division.

Lock Haven made it all the way to the Atlantic Regional final last season before falling in the championship game. The Eagles won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Central Division championship in 2012 and are picked to finish second in the division this year. Lock Haven was 30-20 overall last season and 11-5 in the conference.

Fayetteville State returns home next weekend (Feb. 22-23) for back-to-back doubleheaders at Seabrook Park. The Lady Broncos will face Mars Hill on Feb. 22 and Salem International on Feb. 23 in their final home contests until Mar. 19.

The Last Meeting
West Virginia State7
Fayetteville State0
March 20, 2012
Fayetteville, NC (Seabrook Park)

The Last Meeting
Fayetteville State2
Bowie State3
March 9, 2012
Raleigh, NC (Walnut Creek Softball Complex)

The Last Meeting
Fayetteville State1
Virginia Union9
March 11, 2012
Raleigh, NC (Walnut Creek Softball Complex)

The Last Meeting
Fayetteville State8  
Lincoln (Pa.)0(6)
March 9, 2012
Raleigh, NC (Walnut Creek Softball Complex)
RALEIGH, NC - The Fayetteville State Lady Broncos have played one of the most difficult schedules in the nation. And they've paid for it. Now, though, it may be paying off. The Lady Broncos, behind the strong pitching of Rebecca Polashek and Tia Caldwell, and balance throughout the lineup, began CIAA league play at the CIAA Roundup on Friday, showing that they may still be a team to be reckoned with in the conference standings.



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