Lady Braves get softball sweep

First Posted: 1/15/2009

PEMBROKE - The University of North Carolina at Pembroke recorded its third doubleheader softball sweep of the season Wednesday with 3-0 and 10-2 wins over visiting Mt. Olive College.
The sophomore duo of Nicole McCorkle and Danielle Peters were key factors in the wins, as McCorkle tossed a three-hit shutout in game one, and Peters was 3-for-4 and drove in three runs in game two.
With the wins, UNCP climbs to 8-2 on the season.
In game one, UNCP got on the board early with a run in the first. Peters led off the inning with a single to center and stole second. After Debbie Aguiar sacrificed Peters to third, sophomore catcher Wendi Cochran laced an RBI-single to left field that gave UNCP a 1-0 lead.
The Braves struck again in the fourth and fifth. Third baseman Meredith Veglia led off the fourth with a triple down the right field line and shortstop Kelly Jo Fields gave UNCP a 2-0 lead with an RBI-single to right center.
Jessica Furlough plated the Braves’ third run in the fifth with a sac-squeeze RBI that scored Aguiar, who had singled and advanced to third on a throwing error.
The 3-0 lead would be all McCorkle would need. The sophomore hurler dominated from start to finish and faced only two batters over the minimum. She allowed three hits, struck out nine and walked none in picking up her fourth win of the season against only one loss.
Game two saw the Braves jump out to an early 4-0 lead in the second. Furlough and Peters each delivered two-out singles that plated two runs apiece.
The Trojans answered back with their first runs of the day in the third after collecting four singles off UNCP starter Amanda Busch.
However, the Braves would score a combined six runs in the fourth and fifth to secure the 10-2 final. Freshman first baseman Katie Linkous delivered the big blow with a two-run double to left-center.
Busch settled in on the mound to throw the complete five innings, evening her record at 1-1 on the season. She scattered five hits, while striking out one and walking one.
UNCP will return to action on Saturday when the Braves host N.C. Central at 1 p.m.

Braves fall to Francis Marion

In Florence, S.C., senior swingman Louis McCullough scored 22 points, including five of a school-record 16 three-point baskets, to lead Francis Marion University to an 81-52 Senior Night win over UNCP on Wednesday in Peach Belt Conference men's action.
Francis Marion, 10-15 and 5-10, snaps a five-game losing streak and avenges a one-point loss to the Braves two weeks ago in Pembroke.
Senior guard Frank Foster led UNCP, 3-23 and 1-14, with 11 points.
With an early three-pointer, McCullough passed former UNCP player Rosendo Bryden for second place on the Peach Belt Conference career scoring list with 1,692 points.
Francis Marion used an 11-2 run to close the first half to take a 39-24 advantage into the lockerrroom at intermission. FMU hit half of its 22 shots in the opening 20 minutes, including seven-of-17 three-point attempts, while holding UNCP to 28.6 percent shooting.

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