Taylor Luff throws her fourth no-no of season as Francis Marion sweeps
FLORENCE, S.C. -- Senior righty Taylor Luff threw her fourth no-hitter of the season in a 2-0 Game 1 victory, and Francis Marion swept a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader from UNC Pembroke.
Senior shortstop Kristie Hanewinckel hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give FMU a 3-2 victory in the second contest.
Luff (11-11) threw 11 strikeouts and only gave up one walk in the first-game no-hitter. UNCP (17-19, 5-9) pitcher Natalie Klemann (10-7) took the loss despite not giving up an earned run as the Braves committed five miscues.
In the second contest, Luff earned her second victory of the day in the circle after pitching five and two-thirds innings in relief and allowing just two hits with six strikeouts. The Braves’ Selena Ashley (7-9) took the loss after throwing all nine innings and giving up three runs on nine hits.
After the Braves put up a run in each of the first two frames, the Patriots loaded the bases in the bottom of the third inning thanks to a walk drawn by senior outfielder Megan Smith, and single by Hanewinckel, and an error that put Burney on first. Mathews stepped up and hit a bloop single behind third base to score two runs and tie the game at 2-2.
The game turned into a pitching duel between Luff and Ashley, and both teams put up zeros on the scoreboard before heading to extra innings. FMU had runners in scoring positions to win the game in the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings, but couldn’t push the winning run across.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Barzola drew a walk to kickoff the frame, and freshman catcher Danielle Myers singled to right center. They both advanced a base on a wild pitch, and Hanewinckel drove in the game-winning run on a single down the left field line.
Hanewinckel was 3-for-5 at the plate with an RBI. Mathews finished 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Myers came off the bench in extra innings and had two base knocks.
Patriots’ starter Katie Carnes pitched three and a third innings and recorded a strikeout. UNCP’s Cloninger was 1-for-2 with a run scored, while Shelby Holland tallied a run and an RBI.