February 7, 2014

Luff throws no-hitter on second day of UNCP Tourney

Pembroke, N.C. (Feb. 7, 2014) – Senior right-handed pitcher Taylor Luff threw a no-hitter to lead Francis Marion University to a 10-0 victory over Barton College in its fourth game of the UNC Pembroke Spring Invitational. FMU (4-2) fell to Concord University 1-0 in its first game of the day.

The Patriots return to the field Thursday afternoon (Feb. 13) as they take on Wingate University in a doubleheader at the FMU Softball Stadium. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.

Luff (3-0) and junior third baseman Shelby Mathews were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Luff no-no leads FMU past Barton

Luff recorded 14 strikeouts en route to her third career no-hitter in the Patriots' 10-0 drubbing of Barton (0-2) on Friday night.  Her strikeout total was one shy of her career high and equaled her total from Thursday's win.

Senior shortstop Kristie Hanewinkel had four runs batted in after finishing 2-for-4 at the plate. Freshman outfielder Mikala Barnhart picked up a pair of RBIs on two hits, while Jessie Sims and Mathews each drove in a run as well.

The Patriots struck early with six runs in the top of the second inning. FMU loaded the bases with one out before Barnhart scored Katie Carnes for the first run of the game. After Sims singled home another run, Hanewinkel cleared the bases with a three-run triple. Hanewinkel quickly scored after Mathews singled her home in the following at-bat.

The Patriots tacked on four more runs in the top of the fifth inning, highlighted by an RBI singles by Hanewinkel and Barnhart. Luff struck out the side in the bottom half of the inning to end the game via the mercy run rule.

Patriots edged by Mountain Lions

Concord scored the game-winning run in the third inning, and held on to top the Patriots 1-0 on the second day of the UNCP Spring Tournament.

Carnes (1-2) took the loss despite throwing six strikeouts and only giving up three hits. Allie Reid (3-0) took home the victory for Concord (5-1) with two strikeouts and no walks.

At the plate, Carnes was 2-for-3 while Mathews, Megan Smith, and Danielle Myers each tallied a hit. Kristen Rose led the Mountain Lions after finishing 1-for-3 with a run batted in.

Concord plated the game's winning run in the bottom of the third inning. Kristi Benvenuto reached first base with a leadoff single to begin the inning. She scrampered to second base on a wild pitch before advancing to third on a passed ball. After Carnes recorded a strikeout, Benvenuto scored on Rose's RBI single.   

The Patriots threatened to tie the game in the fourth inning after getting Myers and Carnes at first and third with one out via a pair of singles.  However, the Patriots couldn't plate the tying run after Smith grounded out and Ashley Burney popped out to third base.