No. 28 Patriot Baseball Hosts Trojans Tuesday and Wednesday; FMU Softball Hosts Coker College
FLORENCE, S.C. – After equaling its highest ranking ever at No. 7, the Francis Marion University baseball team lost three of four games last week to drop to No. 28 in the latest Collegiate Baseball Magazine NCAA Division II Top 30 poll released Monday (March. 2).
The 7-6 Patriots will try to rebound from last weekend’s sweep at the hands of Augusta State University when they play host to Mount Olive College for a two-game series, beginning tomorrow. The two teams will play single games on Tuesday and Wednesday at 2 p.m.
The Patriots own a team batting average of .275, led by junior center fielder and Darlington native Quentin Davis, with his .426 average, three home runs, and 13 runs batted in. Davis had hit in the opening 12 games of the season before going hitless in Sunday’s second game. First baseman Luke Ogletree is batting .395 with a home run and 13 RBIs.
Mount Olive was 12-4 heading into a CVAC game with Barton College on Monday.
In addition to the Patriots, five other Peach Belt schools appear in this week’s Top 30. The University of Tampa (14-4) occupies the No. 1 spot in this week’s poll.
The 8-2 Patriot women’s softball team will play host to local-rival Coker College for a non-conference doubleheader, Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Coker leads the all-time series 23-18, but Francis Marion has won the last four meetings.
Freshman third baseman Janine Allen leads FMU with a .444 average, while junior Betsy Bouknight is batting .429, and sophomore Heather Garrison .406 with three home runs and nine RBIs.