Mattox and Cottingham go deep, Umphlett sets pitching mark in 5-3 FMU win

Mattox and Cottingham go deep, Umphlett sets pitching mark in 5-3 FMU win

GAFFNEY, SC – Junior third baseman Todd Mattox drilled a three-run homer and senior second baseman Grayson Cottingham added a solo shot to power Francis Marion University to a 5-3 win over Limestone College, Sunday afternoon (Feb. 9) in non-conference baseball action.

FMU captures the rubber game of the three-game weekend series and improves to 4-3.  The Patriots will play at Queens University of Charlotte on Wednesday at 2 p.m. on Tuckaseegee Dream Fields, before opening Peach Belt Conference play next weekend with a three-game series at Georgia College.

Junior right-hander Daniel Twitty (1-0) earned the win as he allowed two runs on seven hits over five innings.  Sophomore Brayden Barry and freshman Jack Hegan followed with a scoreless inning each, while senior righty Christian Umphlett earned a save by tossing the final two frames.  For Umphlett it was his record-setting 60th relief appearance as a Patriot surpassing the old mark of 59 set by Zach Farry (2007-08).  In the eighth, he stranded runners on second and third with the Patriots holding a 4-3 advantage.

Limestone scored twice in the bottom of the first, and Saints starter Eric Mullinax (0-1) held that lead through three innings.  In the top of the fourth, Mattox drilled his three-run shot over the left field fence putting FMU on top for good at 3-2.  Cottingham added his solo homer leading off the seventh and increased the margin to 4-2.

Limestone scored an unearned run in the eighth, but FMU junior shortstop Sam Stonskas singled home junior center fielder Bill Hanna with an insurance run in the ninth.

Umphlett retired the Saints in order in the bottom of the ninth.

Hanna led Francis Marion with three hits, while Saturday's hero, junior designated hitter Darius Nobles, added another two hits on Sunday.  Cottingham also rapped out two hits in the series finale.


Francis Marion 5, Limestone 3 (Feb 09, 2020 at Gaffney, S.C.)
Francis Marion...... 000 300 101  -  5 11  2      (4-3)
Limestone...........   200 000 010  -  3  9  1      (1-6)
Pitchers: Francis Marion - Daniel Twitty; Brayden Barry(6); Jack Hegan(7); Christian Umphlett(8)
and Trystan Freeman. Limestone - Eric Mullinax; Trey Huber(8) and Kyle Strovink.
Win-Daniel Twitty(1-0)  Save-Christian Umphlett(1)  Loss-Eric Mullinax(0-1)  T-2:16  A-87
HR FMU - Todd Mattox (1); Grayson Cottingham (1).
Weather: 47 degrees; partly cloudy