FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University baseball coach Art Inabinet has announced the scheduling of the inaugural Peach Belt-CVAC Challenge, set for Feb. 17-19, 2006, on FMU’s Cormell Field.
The three-day event will feature three teams from the Peach Belt Conference and three from the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference. Games will start at noon, 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. each day.
“This will be an opportunity for local baseball fans to get an early season dose of the nation’s pastime,” said Inabinet. “We will have six quality programs, three of which are located less than an hour’s drive from Florence, competing. It will also give each squad an opportunity to play three games in three days and gauge where they stand heading into conference play.”
The schedule for Friday, Feb. 17, will have Coker College playing UNC Pembroke at noon, FMU playing Barton College at 3 p.m., and Georgia College & State University playing Limestone College at 6 p.m.
The slate for Saturday, Feb. 18, has Francis Marion vs. Limestone at noon, Coker vs. GC&SU at 3 p.m., and UNCP vs. Barton at 6 p.m. Sunday’s (Feb. 19) games will be GC&SU vs. Barton at noon, UNCP vs. Limestone at 3 p.m., and FMU vs. Coker at 6 p.m.
Francis Marion compiled a 34-16-1 record this past season, finishing with a No. 14 national ranking and earning a spot in the NCAA Division II national tournament.
GC&SU posted a 33-20 mark this past spring and ended the year ranked 28th, while UNCP was 31-23. Limestone, coached by FMU graduate and former Patriot outfielder Anthony “Chico” Lombardo, ended 2005 with a 31-24-1 record and won the CVAC regular-season title, while Coker was 26-22 and Barton was 24-28.