Baseball Hosting Thomas More in Saturday Doubleheader
Franklin, Ind. - The Franklin College baseball team is scheduled to open its home season on Saturday, March 1, with a doubleheader against Thomas More College, starting at 1 p.m., from John P. McDowell Field.
The Grizzlies won three of their five games during a season-opening Florida trip, including a victory over nationally ranked Augustana College (Ill.).
Saturday's action was previously scheduled to be a single game played at Thomas More, with the two teams meeting on Sunday at Franklin. However, poor field conditions moved the games to the Grizzlies' home field, with it being a doubleheader on Saturday. There will be no game on Sunday.
Franklin batted .305 in this season's first five games. The team is coming off a season-best 11-run, 17-hit performance in a victory over Concordia College (Minn.) on Tuesday. Junior Mitch Frey (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo) leads the team with a .412 batting average and seven runs scored. He also drove in six runs and legged out two triples.
Senior Scott Windler (Lafayette, Ind./Lafayette Central Catholic) follows closely behind with a .375 batting average. Sophomore Drew Kammerer (Fortville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) drove in six runs and hit a home run. Sophomores Joe Ardizzone (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) and Braden Pelley (Columbus, Ind./Columbus North) each hit .333 during the Florida trip.
Franklin's pitching staff was led by senior Chris Hoopingarner (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) and sophomore Hayden Cleveland (Brownsburg, Ind./Cardinal Ritter). Hoopingarner struck out seven batters across seven quality innings in a season-opening win over St. Joseph's College (N.Y.) last Saturday. Cleveland tossed a seven-inning, complete-game victory against Augustana.
The Grizzlies' pitchers and defense held the team's opponents to a .242 batting average in the first five games.
Thomas More opens its season this weekend after making an appearance in the 2013 NCAA Division III Mideast Regional. The Saints went 31-16 last season and had a 17-7 record in the Presidents' Athletic Conference.