Matsil’s blast leads to sweep of Converse
Sophomore shortstop Megan Matsil blasted a three-run homer and sophomore right-handers Rachel Davis and Taylor Florea tossed complete-game efforts to help Francis Marion to a sweep of a non-conference softball doubleheader with Converse College on Sunday.
FMU rallied with six unanswered runs to take the opener 8-5 and claimed the second game 10-2 in six innings.
Francis Marion (3-1) will host Lenoir-Rhyne University for a doubleheader on Saturday at 2 p.m.
In game one, Davis scattered eight hits and allowed only one earned run to improve to 2-0 this season. She struck out six and walked two.
Sophomore catcher Sarah Harkins led FMU at the plate with three hits, three runs scored, and one driven in. Freshman righty Jordan Moore (1-1) took the loss for Converse.
In the second contest, Smallwood gave FMU a 1-0 advantage in the first frame with an RBI groundout. That lead was erased when the Valkyries scored twice in the third. Francis Marion quicked knotted the score at 2-2 when Harkins walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third.
Matsil drilled her three-run shot over the left center field fence in the bottom of the fifth. The Indian Trial, N.C., native had only one previous extra-base hit in 31 career games. Three batters later, junior right fielder Hannah Schmidt launched a two-run homer over the left field wall staking FMU to a 7-2 lead.
Florea (1-1) allowed only four hits, while fanning eight and walking six. Righty Reagan Owens (0-2), the first of three Converse pitchers, was saddled with the loss.