No. 10 FMU Hosts Claflin For 2005 Finale
FLORENCE, S.C. – The 10th-ranked Francis Marion University baseball team will conclude its 2005 regular-season schedule this weekend with a three-game home series against Claflin College. The two squads will play a single game on Saturday at 2 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday at 1 p.m. on Cormell Field.
The Patriots are 31-14-1 and have equaled the second-most wins in the program’s history. Only the 1988 FMU squad recorded more victories in a season with a 35-13 mark.
This will be the first-ever meeting between FMU and Claflin on the baseball diamond. The Panthers are 25-23 and will also be finishing up their regular-season slate. The Claflin roster includes two Pee Dee area products: infielder Tolland Alexander from Wilson High School and outfielder Brandon Rogers from Lake View High School.
During Sunday’s twinbill, FMU will recognize its five seniors: pitchers Adam Benson, Chas Dobes, and Mitch Norris, first baseman Luke Ogletree and center fielder Quentin Davis. These five players have helped lead Francis Marion to a 116-78-1 record over the past four seasons, including a trip to the 2003 NCAA Division II national tournament.
Benson owns a two-year mark of 1-2 in 12 games with a 5.93 earned run average, while Dobes is 8-3 in 26 games with a 3.35 ERA, and Norris has a four-year record 4-3 with three saves in 35 appearances and a 3.86 ERA. In two seasons, Ogletree has played in 90 games and compiled a .332 batting average with 59 runs scored, 23 doubles, four home runs and 87 runs batted in. Davis, a native of Darlington, has career totals of 180 games played, 138 runs scored, 21 doubles, 12 triples, 10 home runs, 114 RBIs, and a .331 average. He is tied for fifth on the Peach Belt Conference career list for stolen bases with 71 (in 86 attempts), and is tied for fourth on the PBC all-time list for triples.
Francis Marion is currently fourth in the tightly packed Peach Belt standings, approximately three games out of first place. The Patriots have concluded their PBC schedule, but other conference members have two or three conference series left to play. The announcement of the NCAA national tournament field will be made on May 15. FMU has twice earned invitations to the Division II national tournament, in 2003 and 1993.
FMU is 69-14-1 in its last 84 contests on Cormell Field.