No. 23 Patriots Take Series With 7-1 Win Over No. 17 Pirates
SAVANNAH, Ga. - No. 23-ranked Francis Marion University hurlers Spencer Jordan and Jarrott Hooks limited the nation's top offense to just one run as the Patriots completed a Peach Belt series win with a 7-1 victory over No. 17-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University on Monday afternoon at Pirate Field.
The Patriots (21-11, 10-7 PBC) also claimed their fourth PBC series win of the year - all over nationally-ranked clubs - while the Pirates (20-8, 8-7 PBC) dropped their first league series since dropping three at Columbus State in February to start the Peach Belt schedule.
Francis Marion started quickly in the first inning with a pair of runs on a Buddy Sosnoskie RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Stephen Tarkenton. The Patriots added another pair in the fifth on an RBI double by Sosnoskie and an RBI single by Brock McCallister.
Armstrong got one back in the sixth on a solo home run by junior Zach Taylor and threatened to get more in the inning, loading the bases against Jordan, but Jordan retired John Roberts on a fielder's choice to get out of the jam.
Two more runs in the seventh inning for the Patriots on another RBI double by Sosnoskie and a wild pitch made the score 6-1. Armstrong again threatened in the bottom of the seventh with two on and nobody out, but Hooks entered the game and retired Taylor and Alex Frederick to keep the Pirates off the scoreboard in the inning.
The Patriots added a final run in the ninth on a triple by Sosnoskie and a sacrifice fly by Tarkenton.
Jordan (5-2) picked up the win for the Patriots, scattering nine hits in 6 1/3 innings, giving up one run and one walk while striking out five. Hooks worked 2 2/3 innings of one-hit shutout relief, walking one while striking out two for his fourth save of the year.
Scott Strickland (5-1) took his first loss of the season for the Pirates, giving up eight hits and six runs in 6 2/3 innings pitched, walking three while striking out six.
Sosnoskie led the Patriots at the plate with a 4-for-5 day, scoring four runs and driving in three. Frederick had three hits to lead the Pirates, while Taylor went 2-for-4 with his eighth home run of the year.
Armstrong returns to action on Tuesday, hosting Newberry College in a 3:30 p.m. non-conference contest at Pirate Field.