FLORENCE, SC – Senior left-hander Michaela Wolf pitched the first seven-inning perfect game in the history of the Peach Belt Conference Softball Tournament as third-seeded Francis Marion University beat seventh-seeded USC Aiken 5-0 in a winner's bracket game on Friday evening at the Freedom Florence Recreational Complex.
Wolf (19-6) needed only 62 pitches, 49 of which were strikes, to record the first perfect game by a Patriot hurler since Amy Birch in 2003. Wolf combined with Serena Lim to throw a no-hitter against St. Andrews Presbyterian College on March 6, 2007.
Wolf struck out six USCA batters, and went to a three-ball count only once – in the fourth inning to Pacer shortstop Lauren Locklear.
The only other perfect game in PBC Tournament history was a 5-inning 8-0 win by Katya Eronina of Armstrong Atlantic State University over FMU on April 17, 2004.
The closest USCA came to getting a base runner came in the fifth frame when Blair Warren struck out on a ball in the dirt and FMU catcher Olivia Ferguson had to make a difficult throw around Warren, as she ran down the baseline, to first baseman Meghan Heiser.
FMU second baseman Ashley Jaramillo also made a good defensive play on a twisting grounder between first and second that she shoveled to Heiser.
Senior third baseman Kat Beauvais and Heiser both had two hits for the Patriots. Wolf was 1-for-2 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI.
Shortstop Jessica Hogan gave FMU a 1-0 lead in the second with an RBI single to center field. The margin doubled to 2-0 in the third on Wolf's RBI single.
Jaramillo drove in the Patriots' third run in the fifth with a grounder to short. The final two Patriot tallies came in the sixth inning on a two-run single by Beauvais.
Righty Toni Flessate (13-10) took the loss for the Pacers as she allowed the five runs (four earned) on seven hits.