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FMU diamond squad remains 16th in poll, Rain alters schedule

FLORENCE, S.C. – Despite completing a second straight 4-0 week, Francis Marion University remained No. 16 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s NCAA Division II Top 30 poll, released on Monday. The high chance of precipitation on Wednesday has altered the Patriots’ schedule for this week.

Wednesday’s contest between FMU and 21st-ranked Belmont Abbey College has been postponed until April 19 at 3 p.m. at Francis Marion. The Patriots were originally scheduled to travel to Belmont Abbey on that date, but the two schools agreed to play a single game in Florence on April 19.

Francis Marion is 24-8 overall and 9-3 in the Peach Belt Conference – the second best mark in the league.

The Patriots will return to action on Friday at 6 p.m. when they open a three-game PBC series against Lander University (17-14, 6-5). The two squads will also play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. on Cormell Field.

Admission to home games is $6 for adults and $4 for students with FMU students being admitted free with a valid identification card.

This week’s national ranking means the Patriots have appeared in 101 of the past 109 national polls dating back to the 2005 season. Francis Marion was ranked 15th in the 2011 pre-season poll, dropped out of the first two rankings, but returned to the poll and has been 24th, 17th, 13th, 24th, and 16th (last week).

Region foe Mount Olive College (27-3) takes over the No. 1 position in this week’s poll, while six Peach Belt squads also appear in the new rankings.

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Last Published: April 4, 2011 3:44 PM
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