Patriots outhit but fall 7-4 to Saints

Patriots outhit but fall 7-4 to Saints

FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University outhit Limestone College, but fell 7-4 in a non-conference baseball tilt on Wednesday evening (March 27).

Francis Marion (19-12) hits the road on Friday night (March 29) to begin a three-game Peach Belt Conference series against conference leader and ninth-ranked University of North Georgia at 6 p.m. The Patriots return to Cormell Field at Sparrow Stadium for a non-conference tilt against Queens University of Charlotte on Tuesday (April 2) at 6 p.m.

FMU's 3-4-5 hitters combined for nine of the Patriots' 11 hits, led by senior center fielder Gage Taylor's four knocks. Junior first baseman Nick Pappas had two hits and drove in three runs, while junior designated hitter Leniel Gonzalez registered three hits, including a pair of doubles. Taylor's four hits equaled his career high.

Senior catcher Alex Griffith singled in the second inning to extend his hitting streak to nine in a row, his longest streak as a Patriot and the longest current run by an FMU hitter.

Junior left fielder Alex Cornell and junior center fielder Josh Evans each collected a pair of hits for Limestone (10-22). Cornell drove in four for the Saints.

Cornell put Limestone ahead in the first, tripling with the bases loaded and two outs to put the visitors on top. Francis Marion pulled within a run in the bottom of the third on a two-out, two-run single by Pappas.

The Saints answered with single tallies in the fourth and fifth to restore the three-run margin.

Taylor and Gonzalez both doubled in the fifth, with the latter bringing Taylor around to score his second run of the night and make it 5-3.

Once again Limestone responded, striking twice in the next half inning to stretch the advantage to four.

FMU's final run of the night came on a Pappas solo home run in the bottom of the seventh, his second long ball of the season. All four of the Patriots' runs came with two outs.

Senior right-hander Eric Mullinax surrendered a two-out single in the ninth, but retired the next batter to leave the potential tying run, Gonzalez, in the on-deck circle. Mullinax earned his third save of the season.

Junior southpaw Trey Huber (1-0) earned the win in his first start of the season for the Saints, giving up three runs and fanning three across six innings of work.

Junior righty Colby Lee (0-1) absorbed the loss for Francis Marion after yielding four runs in three innings.


Post-game comments from FMU head coach Art Inabinet


Limestone 7, Francis Marion 4 (Mar 27, 2019 at Florence, SC)
Limestone...........   300 112 000  -  7  8  1      (10-22)
Francis Marion......  002 010 100  -  4 11  1      (19-12)
Pitchers: Limestone - Trey Huber; Tyler Zak (7); Michael Sholtis (8); Eric Mullinax (9) and
Ryan Williams. Francis Marion - Colby Lee; Noah Davis (4); Austin Moody (5); Warren Specht (6);
Christian Umphlett (6); Will Taks (8) and Alex Griffith.
Win-Trey Huber (1-0)  Save-Eric Mullinax (3)  Loss-Colby Lee (0-1)  T-2:47  A-497
HR FMU - Nick Pappas.
Weather: Clear, 60 degrees, winds NE at
Lee faced 2 batters in the 4th.