Pappas, Rogers lead FMU to sweep of Augusta

Pappas, Rogers lead FMU to sweep of Augusta

AUGUSTA, GA – Junior designated hitter Nick Pappas drove in six for the day and sophomore southpaw Weston Rogers tossed a gem in game two to help Francis Marion University sweep Augusta University by scores of 17-8 and 7-1, Saturday afternoon (Feb. 9) in a Peach Belt Conference baseball doubleheader.

FMU (4-2, 2-0) and Augusta (3-3, 0-2) wrap-up the three-game weekend set on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Patriots return to Sparrow Stadium on Tuesday (Feb. 12) to take on Wingate University at 3 p.m.

Senior third baseman Patrick Jackson, senior right fielder Cole Hinnant, and Pappas each posted multi-hit efforts for Francis Marion in the opener, with Hinnant's four knocks leading the way. Jackson scored four times, while Pappas drove in five, the most RBIs for a Patriot in a single game thus far this season.

Sophomore second baseman Trent Maddox notched three hits for Augusta, including his second homer of the year. Junior first baseman Timothy Gray and sophomore shortstop Mason Robertson added two hits and two runs scored apiece.

Pappas plated Jackson with a run-scoring groundout in the first, giving FMU the lead just four batters into the contest. The Patriots tacked on two more in the third on a Hinnant sacrifice fly and Pappas' RBI single.

Francis Marion extended its advantage to 6-0 in the fifth. Senior center fielder Gage Taylor singled in a run, and Pappas followed with a base hit that brought in two more.

Senior righty Evan Flynn (2-0) was cruising early for FMU, setting down the first eight and 12 of the first 13 Jaguars he faced. Augusta broke through in the fifth, taking advantage of an error to plate three unearned tallies.

The Patriots got the three runs right back in the next half-inning. Jackson and sophomore left fielder Peyton Creech scored on an Augusta error, and Pappas brought in his fifth run of the contest with a sacrifice fly to make it 9-3. The Jaguars pulled to within two with four in the bottom half.

Francis Marion's lead stretched to 11-7 in the top of the seventh when Creech tripled home a run and then came around on a Jackson bounce out. The Patriots erupted for six in the eighth, fueled by senior catcher Alex Griffith's grand slam.

Flynn earned the victory for FMU, yielding six runs, three earned, on five hits with seven strikeouts over five innings of work. Junior righty Christian Umphlett tossed the final four frames to pick up his first save of 2019 and fourth career save.

Senior right-hander Christian Griffin (1-1) was saddled with the loss for the Jaguars, allowing six runs in four innings.

Taylor and freshman first baseman Will Hardee each had a pair of knocks for FMU in game two, with Hardee scoring a pair of runs. Hinnant picked up another base hit, extending his hitting streak to 16 games in a row, and his on-base streak to 27 straight going back to last season. Seven different Patriots drove in a run in the second contest.

Augusta plated a run in the second against Rogers (1-0), but that was all the hosts could muster. The Francis Marion lefty dealt eight strong frames, yielding just a pair of hits, while fanning seven. After surrendering a one-out double in the fourth, Rogers retired the final 14 Jaguars he faced on the way to his first victory as a Patriot. Junior right-hander Ethan Meece worked a scoreless ninth to seal the sweep for FMU.

Francis Marion responded quickly to going behind, as Hinnant and Taylor made it 2-1 Patriots with back-to-back two-out RBI singles in the third. The Patriots tacked on two more in the sixth on a run-producing base hit by junior second baseman Grayson Cottingham, and a sacrifice fly by Pappas, his sixth RBI of the day.

The final three tallies came in the ninth, as consecutive RBI singles by Hardee, senior shortstop CJ Mackinson, and Creech made it 7-1.

Senior right-hander Chase Slone (0-1) took the loss for the Jaguars, giving up four runs across 5.1 innings.



Francis Marion 7, Augusta 1 (Feb 09, 2019 at Augusta, Ga.) (Game 2)
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Francis Marion...... 002 002 003  -  7  9  0      (4-2, 2-0 PBC)
Augusta.............    010 000 000  -  1  3  1      (3-3, 0-2 PBC)
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Pitchers: Francis Marion - Weston Rogers; Ethan Meece (9) and Alex Griffith. Augusta - C. Slone;
C. Horton (6); A. Colon (9) and B. Hanna.
Win-Weston Rogers (2-0)  Loss-C. Slone (0-1)  T-3:00  A-180
C. Horton faced 4 batters in the 9th.

Francis Marion 7, Augusta 1 (Feb 09, 2019 at Augusta, Ga.) (Game 2)
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Francis Marion...... 002 002 003  -  7  9  0      (4-2, 2-0 PBC)
Augusta.............   010 000 000  -  1  3  1      (3-3, 0-2 PBC)
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Pitchers: Francis Marion - Weston Rogers; Ethan Meece(9) and Alex Griffith. Augusta - C. Slone;
C. Horton(6); A. Colon(9) and B. Hanna.
Win-Weston Rogers (2-0)  Loss-C. Slone (0-1)  T-3:00  A-180
C. Horton faced 4 batters in the 9th.