FLORENCE, S.C. – After winning four of five games last week, the Francis Marion University baseball team climbed five positions to 14th in the latest Collegiate Baseball Magazine NCAA Division II Top 30 poll, released Monday.
Last week’s 4-1 mark, including a pair of wins over 23rd-ranked and defending Division II national champion Columbus State University, raised the Patriots’ season mark to 29-17.
FMU’s game at Barton College on Monday night (April 21) was canceled. FMU will play host to the 29-15 Bulldogs for Senior Night on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The game will also be the final regular-season contest for the Patriots.
FMU will say thanks to eight seniors: right-handed pitcher Michael Bailey, right-handed pitcher Kenny Cooley, infielder-designated hitter Keith Frye, first baseman Jerry Honeycutt, right-handed pitcher Jerry Love, right-handed pitcher Bubba Strickland, outfielder Richie Summey, and infielder-DH Bryan Tucker.
Admission to the game will be $3 for adults and $2 for children. Swamp Fox Club season passes will be honored, and FMU students are admitted free with their identification cards.
The Patriots remain in third place in the Peach Belt Conference standings with an 18-10 conference record, one-half game behind second-place University of North Florida. The 18 conference wins are the most in team history.
Francis Marion is one victory away from its fifth-ever 30-win season, and the first since 1997. Eight of FMU’s losses have been to Top 25 opponents, and 12 of the defeats have been by one or two runs.
This is the 11th consecutive week FMU has appeared in the poll. The Patriots have been ranked as high as No. 12.
Delta State University (41-7) is the new No. 1 team in the national poll. Altogether, six Peach Belt Conference schools are again ranked in this week’s poll.