The Francis Marion University baseball team will play host to Columbus State University for a key Peach Belt Conference series this weekend, beginning with a single game on Friday (April 21) at 6 p.m.
The series, the final conference set of the year, will also include single games on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Prior to Sunday's final home contest, the squad's seven seniors will be recognized. General admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students. FMU faculty, staff, and students are admitted free with ID.
Friday's contest will be televised live on Channel 11 of Florence's Time Warner Cable system as well as streamed on the internet at http://www.ustream.tv/fmupatriots
Following Friday's game, the championship installment of Batting for Babies will be held pitting local business teams from Pepsi and Honda (Team Pioneers) against each other in a batting practice competition for charity.
Francis Marion owns a 29-16 overall mark and is tied with two other squads for eighth place in the conference standings with a 9-12 record. The trio of teams (FMU, Georgia Southwestern State University, University of Montevallo) is only one game behind the seventh-place team. The top eight teams qualify for the PBC Tournament to be held May 10-13.
Columbus State is 25-17 and tied for fifth in the PBC with a 12-9 mark.
FMU head coach Art Inabinet pointed to sophomore southpaw Arien Seymour (2-0, 4.06 ERA) as the probable starter for Friday. Junior outfielder Reese Cooley continues to lead FMU at the plate with a .344 average and team-high totals of eight doubles, nine home runs, and 42 runs batted in. Junior William Robbins is hitting .336 with a pair of homers and 34 RBIs.
CSU leads the all-time series 38-32, but this is the Cougars first visit to Sparrow Stadium to play FMU since the 2013 season.
Saturday's matinee will also be Boys & Girls Club Day and Military Appreciation Day. All military veterans will be admitted free with a military ID.
The seven seniors to be honored on Sunday include pitcher Chance DuCharme, infielders Zach Callahan and Antonio Pino, catchers Logan Koch and Zack Haralambis, and outfielders Cole Griesinger and Zach Paquette.