FMU’s Inabinet wins No. 600 in Pats’ victory
Senior designated hitter Leniel Gonzalez homered and drove in three runs, while junior third baseman Todd Mattox doubled and had three runs batted in to lead Francis Marion to an 11-4 win over Lenoir-Rhyne Sunday.
The victory was the 600th for FMU head coach Art Inabinet during his time at the helm of the Patriots. In this his 20th year as head coach with Francis Marion, the St. Matthews native has a 600-378-2 mark.
The Patriots (2-0) played Southern Wesleyan University later on Sunday evening as the two-day, four-team, season-opening tournament came to an end.
FMU senior right-hander Patrick Orlando (1-0) earned the win, his first as a Patriot, by tossing five innings and allowed two runs, while scattering nine hits. Junior righty Bailey Wendel earned a save in his Francis Marion debut with four strong innings. He gave up only four hits and one earned run, while fanning four.
Lenoir-Rhyne starter Jarod Large (0-1) suffered the loss.
Four Patriots recorded two hits apiece: Gonzalez, Mattox, sophomore right fielder Will Hardee, and junior center fielder Bill Hanna.
A quick two-out outburst by FMU staked Orlando to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Hardee tripled to straight-away center field and Gonzalez followed with a 391-foot two-over homer over the right-center field wall.