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Patriots split doubleheader with visiting Flagler College

on Monday, 05 April 2021. Posted in News, Local News, Sports

Patriots split doubleheader with visiting Flagler College

Freshman right fielder Kolby Crepeau drilled a 3-run double and senior shortstop Todd Mattox drove in two runs to help Francis Marion to a 5-2 victory over Flagler College in game one of Saturday’s Peach Belt Conference baseball doubleheader. 

The visiting Saints scored four runs in the seventh and eighth innings to snap a 2-2 tie and claim the second contest, 6-2. 

The split moves FMU to 12-11 overall and 10-11 in PBC play, while Flagler is now 8-18 and 7-13. 

The Patriots will host Georgia College in a PBC twinbill Wednesday at 3 p.m. Those games are part of the season-opening series that was rained out back in February. 

In their first game against Flagler, the Patriots snapped the 1-1 deadlock with four runs in the sixth. Mattox drove in the go-ahead run with a one-out bases-loaded flare single into shallow right center field. Crepeau followed with a bases-clearing 3-run double down the left field line. 

Malcom Wakefield and Mattox both rapped out two hits in the first game. 

FMU senior southpaw Weston Rogers (3-3) pitched six strong innings to even his season mark. He scattered seven hits, allowed one run, walked just one, and fanned five. 

Flagler senior right-hander Kyle Morton (1-4) went the distance for the Saints. 

The Saints opened the scoring in the second contest with a pair of first-inning runs. Held to only one hit over the first four frames by Flagler freshman left-hander Daniel Fischer, FMU finally broke through against the Saints’ bullpen in the fifth to tie the game at 2-2. 

Flagler registered the go-ahead run in the seventh off righty Christian Umphlett (1-1), who extended his program record for pitching appearances to 77. Pinch-hitter Myles Colangelo drilled a one-out ground-rule double that plated left fielder Chase Carney. The Saints would add three insurance runs in the eighth to lead 6-2. 

FMU did get the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, but could not come up with the big hit. That rally included a hit by Crepeau and a pinch-hit single by Wilson High School product Harrison Bigham, who was making his collegiate debut. 

Jeff Hanna and Wakefield each collected two hits in the second contest.

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