The Francis Marion University softball team will host the Patriot Invitational Tournament this weekend (Feb. 14-16) with a total of nine games over the three days.
Friday's schedule will have Francis Marion playing a pair of games: versus Chowan University (3-1) at 3 p.m. and Mercy College (0-0) at 5 p.m.
Saturday's slate includes Chowan vs Mercy at 11 a.m., Chowan vs Francis Marion at 1 p.m., Mars Hill University (0-2) vs Mercy at 3 p.m., and Mars Hill vs FMU at 5 p.m.
Sunday's schedule will see Mercy face Chowan at 10 a.m., Mars Hill play Chowan at noon, and Francis Marion battle Mars Hill at 2 p.m.
All games will be played at the FMU Softball Stadium in the Griffin Athletic Complex. Daily admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students with FMU students admitted free with identification. The Francis Marion games will be streamed online courtesy of the Patriot Sports Network.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher and third baseman Janecia Hemingway leads Francis Marion in hitting with a .667 average, while registering one home run and driving in eight runs. Freshman right fielder Carson Shannon is batting a .478 with a team-best totals of six doubles and 11 RBIs, and junior left fielder Jordan Carlson is hitting .379.
As a team, FMU is hitting .349 and averaging 8.75 runs per game.
The Patriot pitching staff consists of junior right-hander Katelyn Ellard (3-1 record, 1 save, 2.40 earned run average), freshman righty Rachel Davis (2-0, 3.15), Hemingway (2-0, 3.78) and senior right-hander Amie Hutchison (0-0).
Patriot Invitational February 14-16
3 pm Chowan University vs Francis Marion University
5 pm Mercy College vs Francis Marion University
11 am Chowan University vs Mercy College
1 pm Chowan University vs Francis Marion University
3 pm Mars Hill University vs Mercy College
5 pm Mars Hill University vs Francis Marion University
10 am Mercy College vs Chowan University
12 pm Mars Hill University vs Chowan University
2 pm Mars Hill University vs Francis Marion University