FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University baseball program, currently ranked 17th in the latest Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s NCAA Division II Top 30 poll, will be chasing a milestone victory this week during a five-game road swing.
The Patriots will be attempting to capture the 1000th win in the 39-year history of the program. FMU currently owns a 998-628-3 all-time record.
Francis Marion will play a doubleheader at seventh-ranked Mount Olive College (13-2) on Wednesday at 4 p.m. followed by a three-game Peach Belt Conference series at 16th-ranked USC Aiken (11-2) this coming weekend. The series will start with a single game on Saturday at 3 p.m. and conclude with a doubleheader on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Among FMU’s 12 sports, only the men’s golf program, which competes in large multi-team tournaments, has surpassed the 1000-win plateau.
Current FMU head coach Art Inabinet has guided the Patriots to a 343-195-2 record in 11 seasons. Gerald Griffin, who started the program in the fall of 1972, posted a 655-433-1 mark in 28 years on the bench.
The program’s first win was a 6-5 victory over Pfeiffer College on March 12, 1973, in Timmonsville, S.C. – because FMU’s Cormell Field had yet to open. Win number 500 occurred on April 8, 1993, when the Patriots beat Erskine College 6-4 in Florence.
Four-hundred-and-eighty-one wins came as a member of NAIA District Six, while the last 517 victories have occurred while Francis Marion competed in the NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference.