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.