SAVANNAH, Ga. — Buddy Sosnoskie rapped out four hits — three for extra bases — and drove in three runs, while Spencer Jordan pitched six strong innings allowing No. 23 Francis Marion to claim a 7-1 Peach Belt Conference victory against 17th-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State on Monday afternoon.
Francis Marion improves to 21-11 overall and 10-7 in the Peach Belt with the rubber-game victory, while Armstrong drops to 20-8 and 8-7.
Sosnoskie, who had five hits in Sunday’s doubleheader, finished Monday 4-for-5 with four runs scored and three driven in. Batting in front of Sosnoskie, Tyler Boyd was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and a sacrifice bunt that helped lead to a run.
Brock McCallister was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI, while Michael Wilson was 2-for-4 for the Patriots.
Jordan improved to 5-2 as he nearly silenced the potent Armstrong attack. The Pirates lead Division II in runs scored and Monday marked the first time all season they had been held to fewer than four runs in a game. Jordan scattered nine hits and struck out five in 6.1 innings.
Jarrott Hooks notched his fourth save of the season with 2.2 scoreless innings in relief.
In the top of the first frame, Boyd walked with one out and came all the way around to score on a single by Sosnoskie. Sosnoskie then stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch, where he scored on a sacrifice fly by Stephen Tarkenton.
The Patriots threatened in the second, but stranded runners on second and third. However, FMU did manage to double the margin in the fifth inning with some two-out work. After two were down, Boyd singled through the left side and Sosnoskie drilled an RBI double to center. Tarkenton walked to put two runners on, and McCallister followed with an RBI single up the middle to give Francis Marion a 4-0 advantage.
No Pirate reached second base until a one-double by John Roberts in the bottom of the fifth. Armstrong did trim the FMU lead to 4-1 on a one-out homer to center field by Zach Taylor in the last of the sixth, but later in the frame Jordan got Roberts to ground into a force play with the bases loaded to end the rally.
Francis Marion answered with another RBI double by Sosnoskie in the top of the seventh to go up 5-1. Jarrod Reed coaxed a walk to open the frame, was sacrificed to second base by Boyd, and came around on Sosnoskie’s drive to left-center field. crThe speedy outfielder then moved to third on a flyout and came home with the Patriots’ sixth run on a wild pitch by Armstrong starter Scott Strickland (5-1).
Spencer departed in the bottom of the seventh after allowing a pair of one-out base runners, but Hooks retired the next two Armstrong batters to snuff out the threat.
Sosnoskie drilled a one-out triple to right field in the ninth and scored Francis Marion’s final tally on a second sac fly from Tarkenton.