Pirates drop Series opener to Francis Marion

Pirates drop Series opener to Francis Marion (Image 1)

From Armstrong Sports Information:


Francis Marion scored six unanswered
runs, snapping a 2-2 tie to collect an 8-2 Peach Belt Conference
baseball win over Armstrong Atlantic State University in the first game
of a league series on Friday at Pirate Field.

loss is the fourth straight for the Pirates (15-12, 7-9 PBC), while
Francis Marion (15-15, 4-12 PBC) snapped a seven game losing
streak within Peach Belt play with the win.

The Patriots plated two runs in the top of the first inning against Armstrong sophomore Corey
 (0-1), who was making his first career Peach Belt start.
Michael Wilson's RBI triple and Luke Tollison's RBI double staked
Francis Marion to the early 2-0 lead.

Armstrong tied things up in the bottom of the second on R.J.
's solo home run and a wild pitch from FMU starter Jordy Santak (4-4) that scored Ryan
 to make the score 2-2.

Marion broke the 2-2 deadlock in the fourth inning with a three-run
home run by Casey Gebhardt, then added a solo home run
by Marquis Curry in the fifth inning to make the score 6-2. The
Patriots capped the scoring in the seventh on an RBI double by Curry and
a sacrifice fly by Tollison.

hurled eight innings of four-hit, two-run ball, walking one while
striking out four to pick up the win for the Patriots. Crunk
pitched six-plus innings, giving up nine hits and eight runs – six
earned – while walking one and striking out three for the Pirates.

had three of the Pirates' five hits on the day, also collecting a
double in his 3-for-5 contest. Curry and Wilson had two
hits apiece for the Patriots.

Armstrong and Francis Marion will continue their Peach Belt Conference series on Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. contest at Pirate Field.
The Pirates will honor members of the 1988, 1989 and 1994 DII College World Series teams in a ceremony before first pitch.

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