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FMU middle infielders have Golden Touch

FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University senior middle infielders, shortstop Barrett Kleinknecht and second baseman Josh Biggers, have been named to the Rawlings Gold Glove Team for the Southeast Region.

Kleinknecht also earned this honor as a junior in 2009.

Kleinknecht, a native of Florence, posted a .959 fielding percentage this past season, while ranking fourth in the Peach Belt Conference in fielding assists, and having a hand in turning 24 double plays.

At the plate, he batted .371 with 55 runs scored, 19 doubles, 13 homers, and 46 runs batted in. He shared the team lead in stolen bases (10-of-12), and reached base safely in 48 of 53 games. Nationally, he is ranked as the 56th toughest player to strike out with only 14 strikeouts in 248 plate appearances and is 11th in Division II with eight sacrifice flies.

Biggers, a native of Southlake, Texas, compiled a .983 fielding percentage – only four errors in 230 chances – while helping turn 29 double plays.

Offensively, he hit .312 with 27 runs scored, one homer, and 24 RBIs. He registered a .385 on-base percentage.

The pair helped Francis Marion to a 40-14 record and a second straight appearance in the NCAA Division II National Tournament. The 40 victories is the second-highest win total in team history.

With the help of Kleinknecht and Biggers, Francis Marion led the Peach Belt Conference in team earned run average (3.67) while allowing the fewest runs of any team in the league. The Patriots ranked second in the PBC and 15th nationally with a .967 team fielding percentage.

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Last Published: May 31, 2010 12:20 PM
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