After a winning a weekend conference series, Francis Marion University moved up one position to No.15 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s NCAA Division II Top 30 poll, released on Monday.
Francis Marion has won 10 of its last 11 games to improve to 26-9 overall and 11-4 in the Peach Belt Conference. The Patriots currently lead the PBC in team hitting (.323) and pitching (2.30 earned run average) and are second in team fielding (.969 percentage). Opponents are hitting a league-low .212 against FMU hurlers and Patriot pitchers have issued a conference-low 66 walks (in 35 games).
FMU will return to action on Tuesday night (April 5) when the Patriots play host to St. Andrews Presbyterian College (8-28) at 7 p.m. on Cormell Field.
Admission to the contest 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 102 of the past 110 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, and 16th (last week).
The University of West Florida (31-4) ascended to the No. 1 position in this week’s poll, while five Peach Belt squads also appear in the new rankings.
FMU will play at North Georgia College & State University this weekend for a three-game series.