First Posted: 1/15/2009
PEMBROKE - No. 9-ranked Francis Marion won game one, 18-3, and game two, 6-0, to take a Peach Belt twinbill from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke baseball team Friday at Cox Field.
With the sweep, FMU improves to 31-11 overall and 12-6 in conference games, while the Braves fall to 28-18 and 10-10 in league action.
Francis Marion jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of game one and then tacked on two runs in each of the next two innings to take a 7-0 lead.
Jared Barkdoll had the big hit of the three-inning outburst as he led of the third with a line drive solo home run down the left field line.
In the third, UNCP's Tripp Lockhart singled up the middle and plated Barrett Otto to cut the Patriot lead to 7-1. FMU, however, plated two more in the fourth to increase their lead to 9-1.
Lockhart gave the Braves their second run of the game as he blasted a leadoff home run over the centerfield fence, making the score 9-2 in favor of the Patriots. Lockhart's dinger was his fourth of the week and 10th of the season.
The Patriots got a run back in the seventh on a Nick Stewart RBI single as he knocked in Jason Weaver to extend the FMU lead to 10-2. FMU added eight in the eight hto blow the game open 18-2.
The Braves did not give up as they plated a run in the eighth on an RBI single to left-center by pinch-hitter Bradley Strickland, making the final margin 18-3.
UNCP's Adam Hamrick (5-4) was handed the loss after giving up six runs in four innings of work, while FMU's Brandon White (4-1) earned the win as he allowed only one run in 51/3 innings.
In the fourth inning of game two, Justin Greene got Francis Marion on the board first with a solo homer, while Michael Ward and Omar Quiles picked up RBI-singles giving FMU a 3-0 lead.
The Patriots added a run in the fifth, sixth and seventh as Alex Blake, Jason Weaver and Stewart drove-in FMU's fourth, fifth and sixth runs, respectively.
Francis Marion's Dylan Owen (8-1) got the win as he pitched a seven-inning, complete game shutout with nine strikeouts, while UNCP's Nolan Johnson (7-3) took the loss after surrendering all five runs.
FMU and UNCP will wrap-up the three-game series with the final game today at 2 p.m.