FLORENCE, S.C. - A pair of late-inning rallies led Francis Marion University to a Peach Belt Conference baseball doubleheader sweep of visiting Armstrong State University on Sunday afternoon at Sparrow Stadium. The Patriots won the first game, 7-5, and took the second game, 12-3.
The wins completed a series sweep for the Patriots (25-11, 8-7 PBC), while keeping Armstrong State (14-18, 0-12 PBC) winless in league play this season. Armstrong State returns to action on Tuesday, hosting Brewton-Parker College in a 2:00 p.m. non-conference contest at Pirate Field.
In game one, the Pirates took a 3-0 lead on a fielder's choice in the first inning and back-to-back RBI doubles from Will Hodges and Cal Young in the second inning. Francis Marion cut the lead to one in the third inning on a two-run single by Logan Koch, but the Pirates regained a three-run advantage on Caleb Slaughter's two-run single in the top of the seventh inning.
Francis Marion would claim the game-one win with a five-run bottom of the seventh inning, highlighted by a bases-clearing three-run triple by Brooks Kennedy.
Christian Umphlett (5-1) picked up the win in relief for Francis Marion, giving up four hits and two runs - one earned - in 3 2/3 innings of work, walking one while striking out one. Tanner Hall (3-2) took the loss for the Pirates, giving up nine hits and seven runs - five earned - in 6 1/3 innings of work, walking five and striking out four.
Chandler Corley and Slaughter each had three hits in game one to lead the Pirates offensively, while Kennedy and Koch each had two hits and three RBI for the Patriots.
In game two, Zach Goble's RBI double in the second inning tied the score at 1-all, then Will Hodges' RBI single in the fourth put the Pirates in front, 2-1. Goble delivered an RBI single in the top of the eighth inning that made the score 3-1, but Francis Marion sent 16 men to the plate in an 11-run frame that closed out the 12-3 win.
Arien Seymour (2-0) notched the win for the Patriots, retiring one batter to end the eighth inning. Matt Meeks (2-3) took the loss for the Pirates, giving up 11 hits and seven runs - three earned - in 7 2/3 innings of work, walking six and striking out five.
Goble and Ryan Patterson had two hits apiece for the Pirates in game two, while Cole Griesinger went 2-for-2 with three RBI for the Patriots.