FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University baseball head coach Art Inabinet captured his 400th career coaching victory on Sunday and the 14th-ranked Patriots will play host to fifth-ranked Mount Olive College for a key non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon (March 30) at 2 p.m.
Despite a 3-1 week, the Patriots dropped three positions to 14th in this week’s Collegiate Baseball Magazine NCAA Division II Top 30 poll. Dating back to the 2005 season, the Patriots have appeared in 87 of the past 93 national polls.
The University of California at San Diego (28-3) claimed sole possession of the No.1 position in this week’s poll, while seven PBC squads are ranked.
Francis Marion owns a 24-7 overall record and is second in the PBC East Division standings with a 7-5 mark. The Trojans will enter Tuesday’s Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day twinbill with a 29-5 record.
Inabinet’s 400th win came with the Patriots' 11-4 road win over Augusta State University on Sunday. His career mark now stands at 400-239-2 in 13 seasons as a head coach at the four-year collegiate level: 10 at Francis Marion and three at North Greenville College.
He entered the 2010 season ranked 29th among active Division II coaches in terms of winning percentage and among the Top 75 in wins.
In six of his seasons as head coach, the Patriots have won 30 games, and four times FMU has earned invitations to the NCAA Division II national tournament. He also recorded a pair of 30-win seasons at North Greenville.
Inabinet is a native of St. Matthews, S.C., and he earned both the B.S. degree in history and the M.A.T. degree in secondary education (social sciences) from Winthrop University.