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Busy weekend for Patriot athletic teams

FLORENCE, SC – Four Francis Marion University spring sports teams will be in action this weekend, all of whom will be playing at home. This includes a three-game Peach Belt Conference baseball series that has been pushed back a day because of recent precipitation.

The 16th-ranked FMU baseball team (24-8, 9-3) will play Lander University (18-14, 6-5) in a single game on Saturday at 3 p.m. and then in a doubleheader on Sunday at 1 p.m. The series was originally set to begin on Friday night, but was pushed back to allow Cormell Field extra time to dry.

Admission to the baseball games is $6 for adults and $4 for students with FMU students being admitted free with a valid identification card. There is no admission charge to home softball and tennis contests.

The Patriot softball team (20-15-1, 5-7) will entertain 23rd-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University (20-6, 5-3) for a PBC twinbill on Saturday at 1 p.m. It will be Girl Scouts Day at the FMU Softball Field.

The nationally ranked FMU men’s and women’s tennis teams will play host to Augusta State University on Saturday at 11 a.m. and USC Aiken on Sunday at 11 a.m.

The Patriots men are 7-5 overall, 3-4 in the PBC, and ranked 14th in the most recent ITA national poll, while the FMU women are 9-5 and 5-4 and ranked 14th also.

On Saturday, the FMU programs will celebrate 40 years of tennis at the institution. Former Patriot tennis players are invited back for the day. Alumni may play on the Kassab Courts from 8 to 10 a.m. or after the FMU/ASU match has concluded.

Both the Francis Marion men's and women's programs were started in 1970, the first year of the school. The Patriots men own an all-time record of 530-295, and FMU has made 14 appearances in the NCAA Division II National Tournament since moving from NAIA affiliation in 1992. The program has produced eight All-Americans. The Patriot women have recorded an all-time record of 395-299 with 10 trips to the NCAA Tournament. FMU has produced nine All-Americans, including Lee Whitwell and Mary Hirst who together captured the NCAA Division II Doubles National Championship in both 1993 and 1994.

For more information about the anniversary/homecoming day at FMU, contact FMU head coach Garth Thomson at 843-661-1185 or gthomson@fmarion.edu.

Sunday, the tennis teams will celebrate Kids Day in conjunction with the Florence Tennis Association.

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Last Published: April 4, 2011 3:48 PM
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