Francis Marion Takes Series Opener

The Georgia Southwestern baseball team lost to Francis Marion University 13-1 on Saturday evening at Hurricane Field.

For the visiting Patriots, four was the magic number. FMU scored four in the third, fourth and seventh innings en route to the Peach Belt Conference victory. They added a single run in the sixth. GSW batters were held in check until the ninth when the ‘Canes pushed across their lone run of the game on a Daniel Stokes single.

Andrew Wiggum (1-6) took the loss going 3.1 innings while allowing six runs on nine hits. He struck out three. David Walters (8-4) earned the complete-game win for FMU. Walters scattered seven hits while striking out seven.

Stokes went 2-for-4 for the ‘Canes while knocking in the lone run. Noble Coley and Daniel Lynn had two hits apiece for GSW.

Ryan Hypke led the visiting Patriots with a 5-for-6 performance at the plate with a double. He knocked in four. Preston Shuey added four hits, with a double, and three RBI. Keon Graves added three RBI of his own. Justin Green and Jared Barkdoll had multi-hit nights.

With the loss, GSW falls to 14-26 overall and 5-14 in the Peach Belt Conference. Francis Marion improves to 29-16 overall and 13-9 in PBC play. The ‘Canes and Patriots meet tomorrow at noon for a doubleheader to conclude their weekend series.