FLORENCE, S.C. – After a two-week absence, Francis Marion University has returned to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s NCAA Division II Top 30 poll. Riding a five-game winning streak, the Patriots are among three teams tied for 24th position.
Francis Marion is 7-3 and has scored in double figures in four of the five recent victories. The Patriots will play host to Pfeiffer University on Wednesday at 3 p.m. on Cormell Field.
The Patriots were ranked 15th in the pre-season poll, but dropped out of the rankings following a 2-3 start.
This week’s ranking means the Patriots have appeared in 96 of the past 104 national polls dating back to the 2005 season. FMU was ranked in every poll during the 2010 season, including 12 weeks in the Top 10.
The University of California-San Diego (10-2) retains the No. 1 spot for the second straight week, while six PBC squads are ranked among the Top 30 programs.
Six opponents on the Patriots’ 2011 schedule appear in this week’s poll. This weekend, FMU will entertain Seton Hill University for a three-game series. Seton Hill is among the other school receiving votes in this week’s poll.