Clutch hitting proves decisive in sweep of Augusta

Clutch hitting proves decisive in sweep of Augusta

FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University used clutch hitting by junior third baseman Steven Cox and senior first baseman Trey Chapman to sweep Augusta University in a doubleheader by scores of 6-4 and 6-5, Saturday afternoon (Feb. 10) in Peach Belt Conference baseball action.

FMU improves to 5-2 overall and an undefeated 3-0 in PBC action, while Augusta falls to 0-6 and 0-3. The Patriots will play host Chowan University on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and Wednesday at 2 p.m. on Cormell Field at Sparrow Stadium.

Chapman used an eighth-inning seeing-eye single through the left side to plate two insurance runs after the go-ahead run scored on a passed ball in the first game, while Cox went 3-for-4 in the second game, including the game-winning RBI hit with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Junior left fielder Gage Taylor added three hits for both games combined, as did Chapman and Cox. Junior Alex Griffith had a hit in each game to extend his season-opening hitting streak to seven games.

In the opening contest, the Jaguars hit back-to-back homers by senior first baseman Ty Hobbs and senior third baseman Timothy Gray in the second inning to gain the early 2-0 lead. They would add one more in the fifth as junior left fielder Bakari Gayle singled to center field scoring freshman second baseman Mason Robertson.

The Patriots' offense was stifled by senior right handed pitcher Matt Meeks for seven-plus innings, giving up four hits and one run. In the eighth stanza though, FMU's bats would wake up as they scored six runs in the inning. Hits by Griffith (2 RBIs), senior designated hitter William Robbins (RBI), and Chapman (2 RBIs) put Francis Marion on top 6-4. There was also a passed ball in the middle of the inning that plated a run.

After loading the bases and tallying one run in the top of the ninth, Gayle would ground out to junior second baseman Josh Kent to end the game. Patriot junior right-hander Isaac Rodgers (2-0) picked up the victory going eight innings, while giving up three runs on eight hits and recording seven strikeouts. Junior righty Evan Flynn pitched the ninth and earned the save.

Freshman righty Jay Pendley (0-1) took the loss for Augusta.

In the second contest, Francis Marion picked up two quick runs in the first inning as Cox hit a bloop single into short right-center field, followed by Griffith with a 376-foot homer to left center field. After single runs were exchanged in the third and fifth stanzas, Augusta scored once in the eighth inning on a throwing error to trim the Patriot lead to 5-3.

In the top of the ninth with runners on first and second base, Augusta senior right fielder Jim Wagner knocked a base hit through the right side of the infield, plating freshman shortstop Trent Maddox and making the score 5-4. The next batter, Gayle singled to right field to tie the game at 5-5.

As the game headed into the bottom of the ninth, Chapman singled, junior right fielder Henry Davis IV was intentionally walked, and junior left fielder Gage Taylor was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. With the infield in, Cox stroked a single up the middle, plating Chapman in walk-off fashion.

Flynn (1-0) recorded the game-two win.  Junior southpaw Arien Seymour started the game and went 7.1 innings allowing three runs, four hits, and six strikeouts. Freshman reliever Brennen Berger (0-1) took the loss for the Jaguars.

 

Francis Marion Univ. 6, Augusta University 4 (Feb 10, 2018 at Florence, SC) (Game 1)
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Augusta University.. 020 010 001  -  4 10  2      (0-5, 0-2)
Francis Marion Univ. 000 000 06X  -  6  9  1      (4-2, 2-0)
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Pitchers: Augusta University - Matt Meeks; Jay Pendley(8); Aron Chick(8); Ben Parr(8) and
Caleb McElwaney. Francis Marion Univ. - Isaac Rodgers; Evan Flynn(9) and Alex Griffith.
Win-Isaac Rodgers (2-0)  Save-Evan Flynn (1)  Loss-Jay Pendley (0-1)  T-2:37  A-550
HR AUGBB18 - Ty Hobbs (2); Timothy Gray (1).
Weather: Cloudy, 61, Winds E @ 7 mph
M. Meeks faced 1 batter in the 8th.    A. Chick faced 2 batters in the 8th.

Francis Marion Univ. 6, Augusta University 5 (Feb 10, 2018 at Florence, SC) (Game 2)
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Augusta University.. 001 010 012  -  5  7  1      (0-6, 0-3)
Francis Marion Univ. 201 110 001  -  6 10  2      (5-2, 3-0)
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Pitchers: Augusta University - Sam Goberdhan; Brennen Berger(5); Casey Lenoch(9) and
Brent Alford. Francis Marion Univ. - Arien Seymour; Austin Griffie(8); Evan Flynn(8) and
William Robbins.
Win-Evan Flynn (1-0)  Loss-Brennen Berger (0-1)  T-2:43
HR AUGBB18 - Bakari Gayle (1). HR FMU - Alex Griffith (1).
Weather: Cloudy, 71, Winds SSW @ 9 mph
Griffie faced 2 batters in the 8th.        C. Lenoch faced 1 batter in the 9th.