FLORENCE, S.C. – After concluding its regular season last week, the Francis Marion University baseball team remained 14th in the latest Collegiate Baseball Magazine NCAA Division II Top 30 poll, released Monday.
Because of the university’s exam schedule, FMU has ended its regular season with a 29-18 overall mark and an 18-10 Peach Belt Conference record. However, several PBC-member schools still have two weeks of games remaining.
The Patriots are in third place in the conference standings, and can finish no worse than third. However, first-place Armstrong Atlantic State University still has six PBC contests left to play, and could finish anywhere from first to fifth place.
Second-place University of North Florida has also concluded its conference slate, having amassed an 18-9 mark. The Peach Belt Conference does not have a post-season tournament.
Francis Marion must now wait for the May 11 announcement of the NCAA Division II national tournament field to see if its season will continue. Four teams will be selected to play in the South Atlantic Regional that will be held May 15-17. There are no automatic bids, and the PBC, the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference (CVAC), and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) are the three conferences that make up the region.
FMU is 9-8 against Top-25 opponents this season, and 12 of the squad’s defeats have been by one or two runs.
This is the 12th consecutive week FMU has appeared in the poll. The Patriots have been ranked as high as No. 12.
Delta State University (46-8) retained the No. 1 spot for the second straight week. Altogether, seven Peach Belt Conference schools are again ranked in this week’s poll.