Florence, SC - From Francis Marion University:
TAMPA, FL - Senior southpaw Michaela Wolf pitched a seven-hitter and drove in three runs as Francis Marion University beat the University of Tampa 3-1 in the first game of their non-conference softball doubleheader on Thursday afternoon.
However, Tampa returned the favor by rallying for a 3-1 victory in game two to salvage a split of the twinbill.
Francis Marion (22-9) concludes its short Spring Break trip to Florida with a 3-1 mark. The Patriots return home to face Georgia College & State University in a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader on Sunday at noon.
Wolf improved to 13-4 with the game-one win. She struck out four and walked no one, while needing only 73 pitches, 58 of which found the strike zone.
After allowing a first-inning run, Wolf provided all the offense FMU would need with a three-run double in the third inning. She finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate.
Francis Marion took a 1-0 advantage in the fourth frame of game two when Ashley Jaramillo doubled and later scored on a two-out RBI-single by Jessica Birchmeier. Jaramillo, who also had a hit in the opener, extended her hitting streak to 10 games.
Tampa rallied for three runs against FMU junior right-hander Cea Knox (9-4) in the bottom of the sixth. The final two runs came across on a groundout and a two-out wild pitch. The Patriots had won each of their past 40 games when leading after four innings.