PEMBROKE, NC – UNC Pembroke scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to grab a 9-7 come-from-behind win over Francis Marion University, Saturday afternoon (April 8) in Peach Belt Conference baseball action.
The Patriots (26-13, 8-9) will look to salvage one game from the series and re-tie UNCP (25-11, 9-8) in the conference standings when the two teams square off on Sunday at 1 p.m. The next home game for Francis Marion will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Limestone College.
The bottom three in the FMU lineup combined for six hits as junior designated hitter Tee DuBose, junior first baseman Trey Chapman, and freshman second baseman Jameson Spitzmiller all had two hits apiece. FMU catcher Logan Koch saw his 10-game hitting streak snapped, while junior outfielder Reese Cooley went 1-for-5 to extend his streak of safely reaching base to 21 straight contests.
Francis Marion scored six times in the top of the first. Koch hit a sacrifice fly to get the Patriots on the board and later DuBose had a 2-run single, Chapman hit an RBI single, and junior right fielder Zach Paquette (batting for the second time in the inning) ended the outburst with a two-run single.
UNCP scored a single tally in the second and then took the lead with a six-run explosion in the fifth that knocked out FMU junior starter Austin Hawley. FMU had failed to build on its 6-1 lead in the top of the third when the Patriots had the bases loaded with one out and did not score.
FMU knotted the game at 7-7 in the seventh when senior pinch hitter Cole Griesinger drove in DuBose with an RBI fielder's choice grounder.
In the last of the eighth, the Braves plated the go-ahead run on a squeeze bunt by catcher Justin Dattilo and later designated hitter Stibel Aleman Saba hit a sacrifice fly to account for the final run.
Spitzmiller doubled with one out in the top of the ninth, but Braves reliever Kyle Ramsey (3-2) fanned the next two batters to secure the win.
FMU freshman righty Christian Umphlett (5-2) took the loss as he surrendered five runs (four earned) on seven hits in four innings.
Outfielders Roberto Rivera and Nick Debo had three hits apiece for the Braves.
Francis Marion left 13 runners on base, while the Braves stranded 11.