March 2, 2012

Patriot sports teams at home this weekend

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Four Francis Marion University spring sports teams will be in action at home this weekend, despite some alterations due to forecasted rain, while the Patriot golf team takes to the road next week.

The 11-7 Francis Marion softball team will play a round-robin event with the University of West Alabama (3-5) and Brevard College (7-5) on Sunday.  FMU will play West Alabama at 11 a.m. and Brevard at 3 p.m.  In between, UWA will meet Brevard at 1 p.m.  Admission to the FMU Softball Field is free. 

Originally FMU was to have played a doubleheader against UWA on Saturday, but that was canceled due to the wet forecast.

The FMU men's and women's tennis teams will play host to Anderson University on Sunday at 1 p.m.  The Patriots were to have played Tusculum College on Saturday afternoon, but that match has been canceled because of the forecasted precipitation.

The 13th-ranked Patriot men are 3-1, while unbeaten Patriot women (5-0) are back in the national rankings at No. 25.  The Anderson men are ranked 29th nationally.

The 30th-ranked FMU baseball team (10-7, 2-4) will play host to 13th-ranked North Georgia College & State University (9-3, 2-1) for a three-game Peach Belt Conference series.  The series schedule was altered slightly earlier in the week because of forecasted rain on Saturday.  It will now consist of a doubleheader on Sunday (March 4) at 1 p.m. on FMU's Cormell Field and a single game on Monday (March 5) at 1 p.m.

General admission each day is $8 for adults and $5 for students (FMU students are admitted free with ID).

FMU leads the all-time series 17-7.

The Patriot men's golf team will play its second tournament of the spring season beginning on Monday.  FMU will compete in the 15th-annual Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate, hosted by USC Aiken at the historic Palmetto Golf Club – founded in 1892 and recognized as the fourth oldest golf course in the United States.

The 54-hole event will include two rounds on Monday and the final round on Tuesday.

In addition to FMU and USCA, the field includes Akron, Augusta State, Chattanooga, Clemson, College of Charleston, East Carolina, Elon, Furman, Georgia Southern, Liberty, Maryland, Presbyterian, South Carolina, Wofford, Vanderbilt and Virginia.