Callahan’s walk-off single gives FMU record 10-0 start

FLORENCE, SC – Senior shortstop Zach Callahan's two-out, run-scoring single to left field in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Francis Marion University a historic 4-3 win over Newberry College and a sweep of Saturday's (Feb. 18) non-conference baseball doubleheader.  Senior right-hander Chance DuCharme pitched eight strong innings in the opener as FMU prevailed 2-0.

Francis Marion improves to 10-0 with the two victories, the best start in the history of the 46-year-old program.  The previous mark of 8-0 was set in 1997 and 2016.  FMU and Newberry (3-7) will meet again on Sunday in Newberry, S.C., for a single game at 2 p.m.  The next home game for the Patriots will be Wednesday against Belmont Abbey College at 4 p.m.

The game-two winning rally started with two outs when senior catcher Logan Koch walked and advanced to third on a single down the right field line by pinch hitter Tee DuBose.  Senior second baseman Antonio Pino walked to load the bases before Callahan drilled the first pitch he saw from Wolves' reliever Jonathan Elicier into left field.

Callahan and outfielders Brooks Kennedy and Reese Cooley all finished game two with a pair of hits. Cooley has hit in six straight games, while Kennedy has hit in nine of this season's 10 contests.

FMU freshman righty Christian Umphlett (2-0) was credited with the win as he tossed 3.2 scoreless innings in relief of freshman starter Sam High.  High allowed three runs, all unearned, on six hits in 5.2 innings.  Umphlett has made four appearances this season and is yet to allow run in 12 innings.

Center fielder Danton Hyman and third baseman Zach White each had two hits for Newberry in game two.  Reliever Dylan Southerland (0-1) was tagged with the loss as he started the fateful ninth inning.

The Patriots plated two runs in the second frame on two-out RBI-singles by Callahan and Kennedy.  Newberry quickly answered with two unearned runs in the top of the third.

FMU reclaimed the lead at 3-2 in the fifth when Pino was hit-by-a-pitch with two outs and the bases loaded.  Again, the Wolves got even in their next at bat when they took advantage of a two-out Patriot fielding miscue.

In Saturday's opener, DuCharme (2-0) scattered four singles, walked only two, and struck out four.  He retired 12 batters in a row before hitting the lead-off batter in the top of the ninth.  Sophomore reliever Cole Hinnant recorded the last three outs to earn his third save of 2017.

FMU's initial run came in the fifth when Pino legged out a one-out double, a flare down the right field line.  One out later, freshman third baseman Harris White delivered an RBI single to shallow right centerfield giving Francis Marion a 1-0 advantage.  White has reached base safely in each game this season.

The Patriots plated an insurance run in the last of the eighth when junior designated hitter William Robbins singled home pinch runner Connor Howell with a two-out Texas-leaguer down the right field line.  Robbins finished game one 2-for-4.

Newberry righty Zack Kelly (2-1) absorbed the loss despite allowing only one run on five hits in seven innings.  He fanned 10 and walked two.

 
 
Francis Marion Univ. 2, Newberry College 0 (Feb 18, 2017 at Florence, SC) (Game 1)
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Newberry College.... 000 000 000  -  0  4  0      (3-6)
Francis Marion Univ. 000 010 01X  -  2  7  0      (9-0)
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Pitchers: Newberry College - Zack Kelly; Charlie Fessler(8) and Jeff Sneed.
Francis Marion Univ. - Chance DuCharme; Cole Hinnant(9) and William Robbins.
Win-Chance DuCharme (2-0)  Save-Cole Hinnant (3)  Loss-Zack Kelly (2-1)  T-2:11  A-566
Weather: Mostly Sunny,66,Winds N @ 5mph
DuCharme faced 1 batter in the 9th.

 

Francis Marion Univ. 4, Newberry College 3 (Feb 18, 2017 at Florence, SC) (Game 2)
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Newberry College.... 002 001 000  -  3  8  1      (3-7)
Francis Marion Univ. 020 010 001  -  4 10  3      (10-0)
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Pitchers: Newberry College - Evan Estridge; Barrett Walton(5); Dylan Southerland(7);
Jonathan Elicier(9) and Jeff Sneed. Francis Marion Univ. - Sam High; Christian Umphlett(6) and
Logan Koch.
Win-Christian Umphlett (2-0)  Loss-Dylan Southerland (0-1)  T-3:05
Weather: Overcast,70, Winds SW @ 18 mph
J. Elicier faced 2 batters in the 9th.