FLORENCE, S.C. – The Augusta University softball team met the Francis Marion Patriots on Wednesday afternoon for a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader at FMU Softball Stadium and lost a pair of 4-3 games.
Augusta (6-30, 1-13 PBC) continues its busy week and plays at Emmanuel College on Friday, April 12 for a 2:00 p.m. non-conference doubleheader, before returning to PBC play on Sunday, April 14 at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.
The Jaguars clawed back from a 3-0 deficit against FMU (26-15, 5-7 PBC) in the second inning and tied the game with three runs in the fifth. Augusta freshman Olivia Biles grounded out the right side of the infield with the bases loaded to score sophomore Regan Norfleet. AU freshman Lauren Prescott legged out a triple to right field and brought home seniors Kelsea Hunter and Savannah Gabriel to tie the contest at 3-3.
The Patriots loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning and a sacrifice fly to deep right field drove in the winning around as FMU won 4-3.
Junior Morgan Hunter (3-15) hurled seven innings in her 18th start of the year and recorded three strikeouts while surrendering six hits for four runs.
K. Hunter and senior Lydia Hausman each posted two hits for the Jaguars, while Prescott picked up two RBI on her triple. Norfleet and Gabriel each scored once on a one-hit performance.
The first inning of the second game was packed full of action. The Jaguars took a 3-0 advantage, but the Pats plated four in their first at bat to steal a 4-3 score. In Augusta's first at bat, Prescott continued her offensive showcase with an RBI single to right field, before the Jags scored two unearned runs on a throwing error.
FMU did their damage in the first inning to steal the lead and held on for the 4-3 victory. Jaguar junior Courtney Browne (1-4) gave up three quick hits and the Pats capitalized on an AU error in the first inning. Freshman Katy Caldwell took over pitching duties and struck out six in her 5.1 innings of work, where she held FMU scoreless.
Prescott was 3-for-3 with an RBI and Biles went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run.
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