YOUNG HARRIS, GA – Senior shortstop Zach Callahan delivered a two-out, two-run, opposite field single to plate the tying and go-ahead runs in the top of the seventh inning as 21st-ranked Francis Marion University rallied for a 7-4 victory over Young Harris College, Sunday afternoon (March 19) in Peach Belt Conference baseball action.
FMU snaps a three-game skid and improves to 20-7 overall and 4-5 in the PBC, while the Mountain Lions drop to 8-14 and 3-6. The Patriots will play at Limestone College on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m., before returning home to host Flagler College for a three-game Peach Belt series next weekend, starting with a single game on Friday at 6 p.m.
The rally gave FMU freshman right-hander Christian Umphlett (4-1) his fourth win of the year. In relief of freshman starter Sam High, Umphlett pitched 5.2 innings and allowed no runs and only one hit. His only two strikeouts came on the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the fourth inning as he entered with one out and runners on first and second.
Callahan finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored in addition to his two RBIs. Sophomore outfielder Cole Hinnant was 3-for-4 with a solo homer in the ninth and an RBI single that followed Callahan's go-ahead hit in the seventh.
The Patriots trailed 4-2 after four frames and still faced the same two-run deficit entering the seventh inning. In that frame, FMU scored four runs on four hits. Patriot junior right fielder Zach Paquette opened the seventh with a single to right field that extended his hitting streak to 14 games and his streak of safely reaching base to 20 consecutive contests.
FMU junior third baseman Brooks Kennedy also had two hits on Sunday.
Young Harris starter Michael Livingston (4-2) took the loss as he surrendered six runs (five earned) on eight hits in 6.2 innings.
Outfielder Tyler Washington led the Mountain Lions with three hits, while catcher Cory Ewald had a solo homer.
Francis Marion took a 2-0 advantage in the top of the second. Junior designated hitter Tee DuBose scored the first run on a Young Harris throwing error and the second tally came across on an RBI-single by senior second baseman Antonio Pino.
The Mountain Lions answered with single runs in the second and third innings and two runs in the fourth.
Umphlett retired the final seven batters he faced to thwart any Young Harris rally.