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Patriots to make one more Sparrow Stadium appearance

FLORENCE, SC – The eighth-ranked Francis Marion University baseball squad has announced that a previously rained out contest against Winston-Salem State University has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 5.

First pitch will be at 6 p.m. in the new Cormell Field at Sparrow Stadium. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students (FMU students are admitted free with ID).

The game was postponed on April 5.

Francis Marion will be returning to action following a two-week break for exams. The Patriots have won 21 of their last 26 contests, and own a 33-14 record. The Patriots are also ranked fifth in the most recent College Baseball Lineup poll, 16th in the D2 Baseball poll, and 23rd in the NCBWA poll.

Winston-Salem State (34-17) recently captured its second consecutive CIAA Tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

Last year in the first-ever meeting between the two programs, FMU claimed a shutout win as right-hander Don Sandifer tossed a no-hitter.

Following the May 5 contest, the Patriots will head to Columbus, Ga., for the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Tournament, to be held May 9-13 at Golden Park. Francis Marion will be either the first or second seed from the East Division depending on conference outcomes this weekend. Entering the weekend, FMU (19-10) was second in the East one game behind division leader Armstrong Atlantic State University (19-8).

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Last Published: May 25, 2012 9:25 AM
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