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Patriots march to #12 in new baseball poll

FLORENCE, S.C. – After a 3-1 week that included a road conference series win, Francis Marion University moved up three positions to a season-best No.12 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s NCAA Division II Top 30 poll, released on Monday.

Francis Marion has won 13 of its last 15 games to improve to 29-10 overall and 13-5 in the Peach Belt Conference. The Patriots currently own the best record in the PBC and sit atop the East Division standings.

FMU will return to action on Wednesday night (April 13) when the Patriots travel to Newberry College (20-22) for a 6 p.m. contest. Francis Marion will then play host to seventh-ranked UNC Pembroke (32-7, 13-7) for a key Peach Belt Conference series this weekend. The two squads will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. and a single game on Sunday, also at 1 p.m. on Cormell Field.

Admission to FMU 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 103 of the past 111 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, 16th, 16th, and 15th (last week).

The University of West Florida (34-4) retained the No. 1 position in this week’s poll, while five Peach Belt squads also appear in the new rankings.

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Last Published: May 6, 2011 11:04 AM
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