Wolf nearly perfect as Patriots sweep Senior Day doubleheader

Florence, SC - From the Francis Marion University

FLORENCE, SC - Senior left-hander Michaela Wolf picked up a historic win in almost historic fashion as she helped lead Francis Marion University to a Senior Day doubleheader sweep of Queens University of Charlotte, winning 2-0 and 2-1 on Sunday afternoon (April 11) in non-conference women's softball action.

FMU concludes its regular season 31-12, while Queens drops to 22-23.  Both teams will head into their respective conference tournaments this week, with Francis Marion hosting the Peach Belt Conference Tournament beginning on Friday at Freedom Florence.

Wolf (17-6) struck out the first six Queens batters and did not allow a base runner until right fielder Keeya Turner dropped a single into left center field to lead off the seventh and final inning.  She was quickly erased attempting to steal.  One out later, Wolf walked Megan Campbell before closing out the game.  She finished with nine strikeouts in her final regular-season appearance for FMU.  It was her 87th career win moving her into sole possession of second place on the PBC's all-time victories list.  She already owns the FMU career record for wins.

Ironically, in her first career start for Francis Marion, she took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against USC Aiken on Feb. 8, 2007, before finishing with a one-hit shutout.

Sophomore second baseman Ashley Jaramillo provided Wolf with a working margin when she drilled a two-run triple into right center field in the fifth inning.  Both Jaramillo and senior third baseman Kat Beauvais finished the opener with two hits.

Sophomore righty Chantel Dodge (15-10) was the losing pitcher despite allowing only five hits and the two runs.

In the second game, freshman first baseman Meghan Heiser hit a run-scoring fielder's choice grounder in the bottom of the seventh inning to cap a two-run rally and hand FMU an exciting 2-1 win.

The Patriots trailed 1-0 entering the seventh.  Beauvais led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.  Jaramillo tied the score with an RBI double.  Wolf then walked and senior Jessica Birchmeier loaded the bases with a single setting the stage for Heiser's heroics.

Queens had taken a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Carrie Beth Richie reached on a fielder's choice, moved to third on a single by Dodge and continued around to score on a Patriot error.

Junior Cea Knox (14-5) earned the win for FMU. She allowed only six hits, while striking out four and walking no one.   Both Beauvais and Jaramillo were 2-for-4 in the second contest.

Junior Brandy Jester (7-12) was the hard-luck loser for the Royals.  She was also 2-for-3 at the plate in game two.

Between games of the twinbill, Francis Marion honored its five seniors: Wolf, Beauvais, Birchmeier, catcher Jamie Holmes, and pitcher Emily Dean.  The five have accounted for 137 wins ove the past four seasons.