Mattox hits and Kleinhelter pitches as Patriots win 18-1

Mattox hits and Kleinhelter pitches as Patriots win 18-1

FLORENCE, SC – Junior third baseman Todd Mattox drove in four runs with a single and a home run and junior right-hander Reece Kleinhelter pitched five near-perfect innings as Francis Marion University defeated Chowan University 18-1, Wednesday afternoon (March 11) in non-conference baseball action.

Winners of five straight, FMU is now 12-9.  The Patriots will head to Greenwood, S.C, this weekend for a three-game Peach Belt Conference series against Lander University.  Single games will be Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Kleinhelter (1-1) recorded his first collegiate win. In his five frames, he allowed only one hit (fourth-inning single), while striking out 10.  He was followed by senior righty Ethan Meece, sophomore righty Brock Rodgers, freshman southpaw Noah Henderson, and sophomore righty Brayden Berry, who each pinched one inning.  Altogether, FMU hurlers combined for 17 strikeouts with only one walk.

Junior center fielder Bill Hanna led FMU at the plate with three hits, including a double, two runs scored, and two driven in.  Joining Mattox with two hits were senior first baseman Leniel Gonzalez, junior second baseman Tyler Mangum, and sophomore designated hitter Brett Kemp.

Kemp drove in three runs and hit a triple, while Gonzalez had a double and two RBIs.

The Patriots totaled season highs for both runs and hits (17).

FMU scored three times in the bottom of the first and added five in the third, highlighted by Mattox's three-run homer well over the leftfield wall.  Kemp added a two-run single in the fifth and freshman third baseman Austin Moore laced a two-run double in the eighth.

Chowan starter Slade Cowan (0-2) was tagged with the loss.  Sophomore infielder Dallas Trevena accounted for the lone Hawk run with a solo homer down the leftfield line in the seventh frame.  He also had a single in the ninth.

Mattox extended his hitting streak to eight games, while sophomore outfielder Tanner Wakefield pushed his hitting streak to seven games and Kemp extended his streak of safely reaching base to 13 consecutive contests.

 

Post-game comments from pitcher Reece Kleinhelter, DH Brett Kemp, and center fielder Bill Hanna

 

Francis Marion Univ. 18, Chowan University 1 (Mar 11, 2020 at Florence, SC)
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Chowan University... 000 000 100  -  1  3  2      (6-16)
Francis Marion Univ. 305 440 02X  - 18 17  1      (12-9)
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Pitchers: Chowan University - Slade Cowan; Robert Burns(3); Jared Moore(6) and Jared Fry;
Hunter Kinion. Francis Marion Univ. - Reece Kleinhelter; Ethan Meece(6); Brock Rodgers(7);
Noah Henderson(8); Brayden Barry(9) and Daulton Dabbs.
Win-Reece Kleinhelter (1-1)  Loss-Slade Cowan (0-2)  T-2:36  A-553
HR CHOWAN - Dallas Trevena (1).
HR FMU - Todd Mattox (2).
Weather: Partly cloudy,74,Winds W@10mph