April 1, 2010

RALEIGH - Fayetteville State closed the regular season by splitting a doubleheader, 8-4, 4-7, against Shaw at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex on Thursday.

Misty Huber (Orlando, FL) pitched seven innings and struck out eight batters in FSU's 8-4 opening-game win. Huber (9-10) allowed only three earned runs and five hits for FSU (15-19, 8-7 CIAA).

The Broncos trailed 1-0 after the first inning, but erupted for six runs in the second.

After FSU scored three runs from SU errors, right fielder LaTonia Gatling (Suffolk, VA) hit a triple to right center. The next batter, Tracey Brighter (Spring Lake, NC) walked bringing up FSU first baseman April Branch.

Branch, a native of Pender, NC, hit a three-run homer scoring Brighter and Gatling and giving FSU a 6-0 lead.

On the season, Branch leads FSU in home runs (three), batting average (.380) and RBI (34). Freshman April Vann (San Antonio, TX) added RBI in the fourth and sixth inning to give FSU its eight runs.

Rita Diaz, a freshman from Fayetteville, NC, led FSU with three hits while Gatling added two. Brighter and Branch had the Broncos' other two hits.

In the second game, Shaw scored five second-inning runs en route to a 7-4 win.

Huber (Orlando, FL) picked up the loss for FSU, despite allowing only six hits and striking out 10 Bears.

FSU scored three runs in the sixth inning, two of which came on a RBI-double by senior Shahiree Covington (Scotland County, NC).

Covington scored two batters later after a wild pitch by SU. Branch had a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to give FSU its other run.

Gatling collected three of FSU's six hits. Covington and freshmen Ashley Wlezen (Charlotte, NC) and Rita Diaz (Fayetteville, NC) had the other three.



FSU is off until it begins play in the CIAA Tournament in Petersburg, VA on April 15.

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