Florence, S.C. - A three-run third inning and a two-run seventh inning was enough for Francis Marion, who knocked off ninth ranked South Carolina 5-4 on Wednesday evening in the first game ever played in brand-new Cormell Field at Sparrow Stadium in Florence, S.C.
The Patriots, currently ranked No. 20 in Collegiate Baseball's Division II poll, improve to 27-13 while the loss drops South Carolina to 24-10 for the season.
Francis Marion starter Matt Broderick picked up the win and is now 6-1 on the year. He worked five innings and allowed two runs on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Francis Marion reliever Jeffrey Stoner allowed one run on two hits in 1.1 innings with one walk and two strikeouts for his second save.
South Carolina starter Adam Westmoreland suffered the loss and is now 2-1 on the year. He allowed three runs on five hits in 2.2 innings with no walks and one strikeout.
Francis Marion had nine hits with the Gamecocks ending the evening with seven. Christian Walker was 3-for-4 including the first home run to be recorded at Sparrow Stadium. He now has 215 career hits and is tied for 17th all-time in Carolina history with Reese Havens (2006-07-08).
South Carolina returns home for a three-game SEC series this weekend against Mississippi State at Carolina Stadium. First pitch for the opener on Friday night is set for 7 p.m. Saturday's contest is scheduled for 4 p.m. with Sunday's series finale at 1:30 p.m.