Pirates fall to Patriots to complete Sweep

From Armstrong Sports Information:


SAVANNAH, Ga. – Francis Marion
University scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to snap a
3-3 tie and complete a Peach Belt Conference baseball series sweep of
host Armstrong Atlantic State University with a 7-3 win over the Pirates
on Sunday afternoon at Pirate Field.

The Patriots (17-15, 6-12 PBC) picked up their first PBC series sweep
of the season while stretching its current win streak to four games.
Armstrong (15-14, 7-11 PBC) sees its current losing streak reach six
with the loss.

Francis Marion built a 3-0 lead early in the contest by scoring
single runs in the first, second and fourth innings of the contest. Luke
Tollison's RBI single in the first put the Patriots in front, then a
solo home run by Casey Gebhardt in the second inning made the score 2-0.
Isaac Davenport's RBI single in the fourth then made it a three-run
lead for FMU.

Armstrong began its comeback in the fifth inning on Tyler Avera's two-out RBI single through the left side, then Berry Aldridge
tied things up in the bottom of the sixth inning with his first career
home run, a two-run shot to left center field that made the score 3-3.

The Patriots wasted little time in retaking the lead in the top of
the seventh inning as a one-out RBI double by Michael Wilson made it
4-3, then Dalton Gress' two-RBI single through a drawn-in infield put
FMU up, 6-3. The Patriots added an insurance run in the eighth inning on
an RBI infield single by Zac Lenns.

Despite giving up the home run to Aldridge, FMU reliever Jeremy
Hatfield (1-1) picked up the win for the Patriots, giving up one hit and
one run in 2/3 of an inning. Armstrong starter Ethan Bader
(6-1) suffered his first loss of the campaign, giving up nine hits and
six runs in 6 1/3 innings of work, walking three while striking out
seven. The seven strikeouts for Bader bring his career strikeout total
to 241, just three shy of the Armstrong all-time strikeout record of
244, held by Chuck Christopher.

Aldridge's 2-for-4 day with two RBIs led the Pirates offensively, whle R.J. Dennard notched two hits for a third consecutive game. Davenport's 3-for-5 day led Francis Marion at the plate.

Armstrong will look to snap its six-game losing streak on Tuesday as
the Pirates visit Belmont Abbey for a 2:30 p.m. non-conference contest
against the Crusaders.

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