No. 17 Patriots Host #3 Owls in PBC Baseball Series
FLORENCE, S.C. – The 17th-ranked Francis Marion University baseball team will play host to third-ranked Kennesaw State University in a three-game Peach Belt Conference series this weekend. The two squads will play a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. on Cormell Field, and a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Patriots are 4-2 and are still looking to play their first conference game of the season. Last weekend’s PBC series with fourth-ranked Georgia College & State University was washed out. KSU is 5-3 overall and 1-2 in the PBC.
The Owls were the preseason coaches’ pick to win the conference title. KSU leads the all-time series with FMU 21-8, including a three-game sweep in Kennesaw last season.
Junior Luke Ogletree leads FMU in hitting with a .526 average. Senior right-hander Erin Jones (1-0) will start game one for Francis Marion, while southpaw Phil Padgett (2-0) will start game two.
Also on Saturday, the FMU men’s and women’s tennis teams will play host to Claflin College at 1 p.m. at the Wilson High School tennis courts.
The 4-0 FMU women’s softball team will begin its PBC slate with a Saturday doubleheader at fourth-ranked University of North Florida (11-1). The twinbill will start at 1 p.m. in Jacksonville, Fla.
The FMU men’s and women’s basketball teams will play a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader at Georgia College & State University on Saturday night in Milledgeville, Ga.
Then women’s game will tip-off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m. Both games can be heard over the internet at http://www.country102fm.com/
The Patriot men are 22-2 overall and 12-1 in the Peach Belt, while GC&SU is 6-18 and 3-10. FMU has dropped seven straight games to the Bobcats and has not won in Milledgeville since1995.
Junior forward Louis McCullough leads FMU in scoring (17.3 points per game) and needs only one rebound to become the seventh Patriot cager to amass 1,200 career points and 600 career rebounds.
In the women’s contest, Francis Marion (12-10, 6-7) will try to snap a two-game losing skid when the Patriots take on the 18th-ranked Lady Bobcats (19-5, 8-5). Sophomore forward Danielle Moore (12.5 ppg) continues to lead FMU in scoring.