Braves defeat Patriots with first-inning outburst

Braves defeat Patriots with first-inning outburst

PEMBROKE, NC – UNC Pembroke scored five runs in the first inning and went on to a 10-3 victory over Francis Marion University, Sunday afternoon (April 9) in Peach Belt Conference baseball action.

Francis Marion (26-14, 8-10) will play host to Limestone College on Tuesday at 6 p.m.  Following the game will be the second installment of the Batting for Babies competition.

FMU junior outfielder Reese Cooley went 2-for-4 to extend his streak of safely reaching base to 22 straight games, while junior catcher William Robbins was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a double.

The Braves scored five times in the opening frame off Patriot freshman starter Sam High (1-2) and added a sixth run in the second inning.  UNCP eventually took a 10-0 advantage after six frames, before Francis Marion plated three runs in the top of the ninth.

Kyle Boraski (4-2) was credited with the win after tossing five scoreless innings during which he allowed three singles and struck out four.

Senior Antonio Pino scored the first FMU run on a wild pitch.  Freshman outfielder Connor Howell drove in the second run with an RBI ground out and Robbins accounted for the final run with an RBI single to left field.

UNCP left fielder Stibel Aleman Saba was 4-for-4 with four runs batted in.  His three-run homer highlighted the first-inning outburst.

UNC Pembroke 10, Francis Marion 3 (Apr 09, 2017 at Pembroke, N.C.)
Francis Marion......    000 000 003  -  3  8  1      (26-14, 8-10 PBC)
UNC Pembroke........ 510 301 00X  - 10 17  2      (26-11, 10-8 PBC)
Pitchers: Francis Marion - Sam High; Arien Seymour (2); Adam Hornstra (5); Connor Pate (6);
Cole Hinnant (7); Will Taks (8) and Logan Koch; William Robbins. UNC Pembroke - Kyle Boraski; Matt Fuhr (6); Hayden Buffkin (7); Aaron Biggerstaff (8); Dale Masterson (9) and Justin Dattilo.
Win-Kyle Boraski (4-2)  Loss-Sam High (1-2)  T-3:09  A-408
HR UNCP - Stibel Aleman Saba (4).
Weather: Sunny, 71 Degrees, SW 4 MPH