Francis Marion tops Mount Olive
Tollison smacks a two-run home run to lead the Patriots
FLORENCE, SC -- Senior left-handed pitcher Matt Broderick pitched seven solid innings for his first career win as a Patriot and reserve infielder Luke Tollison blasted a two-run homer to lead No. 12 Francis Marion to a 4-1 victory against No. 20 Mount Olive Wednesday afternoon in non-conference baseball action.
Broderick and senior righty Jarrott Hooks combined on a five-hitter as Francis Marion upped its record to 8-4.
Mount Olive, which defeated FMU and Broderick 2-1 in last year's Southeast Regional title game, falls to 5-4 with its third consecutive loss.
Broderick improves to 1-0 as he was making his 17th career appearance in two years. He allowed only four hits and one run, while striking out one and walking only one. Fifty of his 75 pitches found the strike zone.
Hooks allowed just one single in his two innings, while fanning one to earn his second save of 2012.
Mount Olive southpaw Josh Frederick (0-1), the second of four Trojan hurlers, was tagged with the loss despite the deciding run being unearned.
Francis Marion took a 1-0 lead in the third when junior shortstop Tyler Hibbs reached on an infield error, advanced to third on a hit-and-run single by sophomore third baseman Michael Wilson, and scored on a sacrifice fly by senior second baseman Brock McCallister.
The Trojans tied the score in the top of the fifth on a solo homer to left by first baseman Daniel Oliver. The Patriots regained the lead in the last of the sixth with a single run. Junior designated hitter Will Chandler singled with one out and took second when the ball was not fielded cleanly in the outfield. Junior right fielder Jarrod Reed then delivered a two-out RBI-single up the middle.
Tollison, who entered the game as a pinch hitter in the fifth inning, added insurance runs with a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh.
Chandler and Reed led the Patriots at the plate with 2-for-4 line scores, while junior infielder Stephen Tarkenton extended his hitting streak to eight games with an infield single in the seventh.