FLORENCE, S.C. – Former Francis Marion University right-handed pitcher Erik Sommerville recently signed a professional contract with the Southern Illinois Miners of the independent Frontier League.
He becomes the 10th former Patriot to currently occupy a roster spot with a professional baseball organization.
The Miners are members of the 12-team Frontier League, a circuit that was started in 1993. Southern Illinois leads the West Division standings by eight games with a league-best 44-16 record.
Sommerville , a native of Charlotte, recorded a 5-2 mark this past season for Francis Marion. He appeared in 21 games and posted a 3.65 earned run average with 58 strikeouts in 61.2 innings.
He helped Francis Marion to a 40-14 record in 2010 and a second straight appearance in the NCAA Division II National Tournament. The 40 victories is the second-highest win total in team history, and the Patriots ended the season ranked 10th in the nation.
Sommerville ranks among the top-5 Patriots in career victories with an 18-9 record. His other career totals include 62 appearances, two saves, a 4.04 ERA, and 163 strikeouts in 202.2 innings. He was named to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll each of the past three seasons, and was twice selected to the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll. He received a B.B.A. degree in management this past May.
Earlier this month, he took part in USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team trials in Cary, N.C.