FMU softball gets votes in Top 25 poll
The Francis Marion University softball team, off to its best start since 2003, received votes in the most recent National Fastpitch Coaches Association NCAA Division II Top 25 poll.
Southern Arkansas University sits atop this week’s NFCA poll with a 22-2 record.
The Patriots are 24-3.
Junior infielder Ashtyn Patterson leads the young Patriot squad in hitting with a .444 average, eight doubles, a homer, and 17 runs batted in. Freshman right fielder Carson Shannon is batting .350 and ranks second in NCAA Division II with 12 doubles. Freshman catcher Sarah Harkins is hitting .341 and ranks third nationally in RBIs with 34 and fifth in triples (4).
Patterson ranks 11th nationally in hits with 36, while the Patriots lead Division II with 243 hits as a team and rank second in runs scored (195) and third in doubles (49).
The regular FMU starting line-up consists of four freshmen, three sophomores, and three juniors.
Junior right-handed pitcher Katelyn Ellard leads the Patriot pitching staff with a 15-3 record and a 1.88 earned run average. She leads Division in victories and ranks third in strikeouts (117).