March 3, 2013
KISSIMMEE, FL - The Fayetteville State softball team picked up its first win of the 2013 season on Sunday after splitting two contests against the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals and Lake Erie Storm on day two of the Rebel Spring Games. The Lady Broncos began the day dropping their first game to Wheeling Jesuit 9-8 in eight innings and followed with an 8-4 victory over Lake Erie. FSU moves its record to 1-11 overall after the two games.
Fayetteville State wasted little time jumping out to a 3-0 lead over Wheeling Jesuit heading into the third inning. FSU recorded two runs in the top of the first and one in the second. Spencer Embler (Jr., Thomasville, NC) and Sencerae Locklear (So., Fairmont, NC) had one RBI each in the first while Maya Washington (Jr., Red Springs, NC) added an RBI double in the second.
The Cardinals responded with a five-run fourth inning to take a 5-3 lead but Fayetteville State tied the game in the fifth on Locklear's first home run of the season. Daniqua Taylor (Jr., Currie, NC) gave the Lady Broncos a 6-5 lead in the sixth on her RBI single. Washington scored on the base hit after she reached on a triple in the previous at-bat. Erika Jusko tied the game at 6-6 with her homer in the bottom of the sixth.
Fayetteville State took the lead back at 8-6 in the top of eighth on a two RBI single by Jessica Randolph (Jr., Pinetops, NC) but Wheeling Jesuit followed with three runs in the bottom-half of the inning and won the game on Aleecia Sunagel's two RBI single.
Kristen Bell (Fr., Hubert, NC) suffered the loss in relief pitching 4.1 innings giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits, one walk and one strikeout. Ashley Nichols earned the win pitching one scoreless inning of relief on no hits, no walks and three strikeouts.
Washington went 3-for-5 at the plate for FSU while Locklear drove in three runs. Jusko had four hits for the Cardinals and was one of three players with two RBI.
The Lady Broncos responded to the extra-inning loss in game one to pick up their first win of the season, 8-4, over Lake Erie in the nightcap. FSU was ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth when it broke the game open with a six-run inning.
Marley Stubblefield (Jr., Huntland, TN) put Fayetteville State on the scoreboard in the second with an RBI sacrifice fly before Lake Erie tied the contest in the third. Sierra Henderson-Holmes (So., Olivia, NC) made it 2-1 in favor of the Lady Broncos with an RBI single in the third inning.
Stubblefield, Washington, Randolph, Henderson-Holmes and Haley Wood (Fr., Spring Hope, NC) each had an RBI in the six-run sixth inning for Fayetteville State. The Storm attempted a seventh-inning rally down 8-1. Lake Erie fell four runs short after only three runs crossed the plate.
Bell earned her first collegiate win for FSU pitching a complete game while allowing four runs on 13 hits, no walks and five strikeouts. Katarina Davis suffered the loss allowing all eight Lady Bronco runs on nine hits, four walks and four strikeouts.
Washington, Henderson-Holmes and Ashley Wlezen (Sr., Charlotte, NC) each had two hits in the second game; while Washington, Henderson-Holmes and Stubblefield posted two RBI apiece. Mackenzie Quinn recorded a team-high three hits and two RBI for the Storm.
Fayetteville State returns to action on Monday, Mar. 4 when it takes on Lake Erie at 9 a.m. and Walsh (OH) at 1 p.m. on day three of the Rebel Spring Games.