FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University baseball team climbed three positions to enter the Top 10, at No. 10, in this week’s Collegiate Baseball Magazine NCAA Division II Top 30 poll.
The Patriots are 20-7-1 after having won nine of their last 10 contests. FMU did, however, lose a game to Mother Nature as Tuesday’s non-conference game at Wingate University was rained out. That game has been tentatively rescheduled for April 18 in Wingate, N.C.
FMU will travel to Columbia’s Capital City Stadium on Wednesday for a 3 p.m. game against Benedict College. The Tigers of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference are 11-16.
The Patriots will then return home to play host to fifth-ranked University of North Florida for a three-game Peach Belt Conference series. The squads will play a doubleheader on Friday at 1 p.m. and a single game on Saturday at 1 p.m.
With a 10-7-1 conference mark, the Patriots are tied for third in the PBC standings, one-half game behind second-place Kennesaw State University and two games behind first-place Lander University. Six of FMU’s seven losses this season have been to nationally ranked opponents.
The UNF Ospreys are 20-8 overall and 7-5 in the PBC (as of March 21) and are tied with FMU and USC Aiken for the Peach Belt’s third spot. After opening its season 4-4, UNF has won 16 of its last 20 games, including its last five. 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.
This is the fourth consecutive week the Patriots have appeared in the Top 30 poll.
Six Peach Belt squads are listed in this week’s poll. The University of Tampa (25-3) completed a 5-0 week and assumed sole possession of the No. 1 spot after being tied for first in last week’s poll.