Nine-run seventh dooms FMU in loss at Newberry

Nine-run seventh dooms FMU in loss at Newberry

NEWBERRY, SC – After scoring a run in the top of the seventh inning to draw within one, Francis Marion University surrendered nine runs in the bottom of the frame and fell 13-7 at Newberry College in a non-conference baseball tilt on Tuesday evening (Feb. 5).

FMU (2-2) opens Peach Belt Conference play on Saturday (Feb. 9) with a doubleheader at Augusta University. The Patriots return to Sparrow Stadium on Tuesday, Feb. 12, to take on Wingate University at 3 p.m.

Senior right fielder Cole Hinnant paced the Patriot attack with three hits, while senior catcher Alex Griffith and senior shortstop CJ Mackinson had two hits apiece. Hinnant has collected at least one hit in each of Francis Marion's four games, and is 11-for-20 (.550) so far this season. Freshman second baseman Tanner Wakefield collected a pair of RBIs, the first two of his collegiate career.

Senior center fielder Danton Hyman led Newberry (3-1), going 4-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBIs out of the leadoff spot. Five different Wolves scored at least twice. Junior righty Tomas Sorcia Jr. (1-0) earned the win, allowing three runs, one earned, and striking out seven across 6.1 innings.

Trailing 4-2 in the seventh, the first three Patriots all collected hits, with Wakefield driving in freshman first baseman Will Hardee to bring FMU within one. The base hit was the first of Wakefield's collegiate career. One out later, Francis Marion had runners at second and third with one out, but back-to-back strikeouts by senior righty Austin Copeland kept Newberry's lead intact.

The Wolves immediately responded in the home half, erupting for nine runs, only one of which was earned, to put the game out of reach at 13-3.

Francis Marion pulled four back in the top of the ninth. Wakefield, senior center fielder Gage Taylor, and junior designated hitter Nick Pappas each picked up an RBI, and Taylor then took advantage of a Newberry error to account for the final run of the evening.

After the Wolves plated an unearned tally in the first, the Patriots grabbed the lead in the second when Pappas and Griffith came around on a pair of passed balls.

Newberry regained the advantage with a pair of fourth-inning runs. Junior left fielder Tony Matos tied the contest with a sacrifice fly, and then the Wolves executed a squeeze play which brought freshman third baseman Aidan Baur home to put the hosts back in front. Newberry tacked on another in the fifth to extend its edge to two.

Freshman right-hander Brayden Barry (0-1), the second of eight FMU hurlers, took the loss for the Patriots.  Senior righty Isaac Rodgers started and pitched the first three frames for Francis Marion.


Newberry 13, Francis Marion 7 (Feb 5, 2019 at Newberry, S.C.)
Francis Marion......  020 000 104  -  7 10  2      (2-2)
Newberry............   100 210 90X  - 13 11  3      (3-1)
Pitchers: Francis Marion - Isaac Rodgers; Brayden Barry (4); Christian Umphlett (4);
Patrick Orlando (6); Colby Lee (7); Will Taks (7); Warren Specht (7); Linc Powell (7) and
Alex Griffith; Trystan Freeman. Newberry - T. Sorcia; Au. Copeland (7); Aa. Copeland (8);
J. Elicier (9) and C. Barbary; I. Clements.
Win-T. Sorcia (1-0)  Loss-Brayden Barry (0-1)  T-3:26  A-228
Weather: 74 deg, partly cloudy
Barry faced 2 batters in the 4th.
Specht faced 4 batters in the 7th.