Patriots surprise #8 Columbus State 8-7

Patriots surprise #8 Columbus State 8-7

COLUMBUS, GA – With the tying and potential winning runs on base, Francis Marion University junior center fielder Gage Taylor made a leaping catch against the wall at the 403 sign to end the game and allow the Patriots to escape with an 8-7 win over eighth-ranked Columbus State University, Friday evening (April 13) in Peach Belt Conference baseball action.

Francis Marion (15-25, 7-18) and CSU (30-7, 13-5) will conclude their three-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.

The Cougars had scored one run in the bottom of the ninth to draw within 8-7 and had runners on first and second.  Second baseman Grant Berry then lifted a 0-1 pitcher from sophomore right-hander Christian Umphlett to the deepest part of Burger King Stadium at Ragsdale Field, but Taylor had just enough room to record the final out.

Umphlett earned his second save of 2018 by pitching the eighth and ninth frames.  Junior left-hander Arien Seymour (1-3) picked up his first win of the year with two innings of work in relief of sophomore starter Sam High.  High pitched the opening five frames.

Senior designated hitter Tee DuBose led the Patriots at the plate with three hits, including a home run, and two runs batted in.  Junior right fielder Cole Hinnant and Taylor both rapped out two hits with Taylor driving in two runs and sophomore second baseman Patrick Jackson plated two runs with a RBI-single and a bases-loaded walk.  Hinnant has now reached base safely in each of his last 15 contests.

The win lifts FMU into eighth place in the PBC standings as the Patriots battle to secure a berth in the conference tournament.

FMU handed CSU ace Kolton Ingram (8-2) just his second loss in 10 decisions. Ingram pitched 7.2 innings and surrendered eight runs, four of which were unearned, on eight hits, while striking out 10.

The win was made possible by a three-run rally in the top of the eighth inning to erase a 6-5 CSU lead.  The Patriots batted around.  Junior third baseman Alex Griffith drove in the tying run with a grounder to third.  Dubose put FMU on top with an infield RBI single and Jackson's two-out bases-loaded walk accounted for an important insurance tally.

Francis Marion knotted the score at 1-1 in the third when DuBose doubled and later scored on a throwing error.  FMU opened a 4-1 margin with three two-out runs in the fifth.  Jackson had an RBI single and Taylor a two-run double, with both hits going to center field.

Columbus State answered with a single run in the fifth and three in the last of the sixth to retake the lead at 5-4.  A solo homer by DuBose to lead off the seventh briefly tied the score at 5-5, but the Cougars scored once in the bottom of the seventh to go up 6-5.  That set the stage for FMU's eighth-inning rally.

Four different Cougars registered two hits, while left fielder Austin Pharr hit a two-run homer in the sixth.


Francis Marion 8, #8 Columbus State 7 (Apr 13, 2018 at Columbus, Ga.)
Francis Marion......   001 030 130  -  8  9  1      (15-25, 7-18 PBC)
Columbus State...... 100 013 101  -  7 10  3      (30-7, 13-5 PBC)
Pitchers: Francis Marion - Sam High; Arien Seymour (6); Christian Umphlett (8) and William Robbins. Columbus State - Kolton Ingram; Jalen Latta (8) and Robert Brooks.
Win-Arien Seymour (1-3)  Save-Christian Umphlett (2)  Loss-Kolton Ingram (8-2)  T-2:47  A-187
HR FMU - Tee DuBose (2).
HR CSU - Austin Pharr (8).
Weather: 84 degrees, clear
High faced 2 batters in the 6th.