Patriots climb to Top 5 in baseball poll

Florence, SC - From Francis Marion University

FLORENCE, S.C. – Following a 4-1 week that included a road Peach Belt Conference series win over a Top 25 opponent, Francis Marion University moved up three positions to fifth in this week's Collegiate Baseball Newspaper NCAA Division II Top 30 poll.

This marks the program's eighth week in the Top 10 during the 2010 regular season. Francis Marion was listed 12th in Collegiate Baseball's 2010 preseason poll and has been ranked eighth, seventh, third, second, ninth, 13th, 11th, 14th, ninth, and eighth in the previous regular-season polls.

Dating back to the 2005 season, the Patriots have appeared in 90 of the past 96 national polls.

Southern Arkansas University (38-4) remained in No. 1 spot in this week's poll, while five PBC squads are ranked among the Top 20 programs.

Francis Marion owns a 35-10 overall record and is tied for the lead in the Peach Belt's East Division standings.  The Patriots have already secured the East Division's No.1 seed for the PBC Tournament to be held May 8-9 in Aiken, S.C.

The team's 35 victories equals the fourth-highest single-season total in program history, behind only the 2006 squad (41-18), last year's team (38-15-1), and the 2007 team (36-18).

The Patriots will visit St. Andrews Presbyterian College (10-33-1) on Wednesday for a 3 p.m. contest.  FMU beat the Knights 10-1 earlier this season in Florence and leads the all-time series 37-9.

FMU will then close out its regular-season by playing host to Georgia Southwestern State University for a three-game PBC series this weekend.  The squads will play a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. and a Senior Day single game on Sunday at 1 p.m.