No. 10 FMU Hosts No. 5 UNF in Baseball; Reservists to be Honored
FLORENCE, S.C. – The 10th-ranked Francis Marion University baseball team will play host to fifth-ranked University of North Florida for a three-game Peach Belt Conference series beginning Friday, in what may be the Patriots’ most important series of the 2005 campaign.
The two squads will play a doubleheader on Friday at 1 p.m. and a single game on Saturday at 1 p.m. on Cormell Field.
During Saturday’s contest, FMU will honor and recognize members of the 413th Chemical Company of the U.S. Army Reserves. All members of the unit, which has participated overseas in the country’s War on Terror, and their family members will be admitted free on Saturday.
Francis Marion has won nine of its last 10 games, is 20-7-1 overall, and at 10-7-1 is tied for third in the PBC standings, one-half game behind second-place Kennesaw State University and two games behind first-place Lander University.
UNF is 21-8 overall and 7-5 in the PBC and is tied with FMU and USC Aiken for the Peach Belt’s third spot. After opening its season 4-4, UNF has won 17 of its last 21 games, including its last six. The Ospreys are also 7-1 against NCAA Division I competition. North Florida leads the all-time series with Francis Marion 17-6, but the two squads have split their last eight meetings.
Freshman right-hander Dylan Owen (3-1 record, 1.98 earned run average) will be Francis Marion’s probable game-one starter on Friday, while sophomore lefty Lee Tabor (6-1, 2.96) will toe the rubber for game two. Owen has allowed only one earned run in his last 26 innings.
FMU is 60-12-1 in its last 73 home games, and 13-7-1 in its last 21 games against nationally ranked opponents.