FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University baseball coach Art Inabinet has announced the addition of 10 transfers to the Patriot baseball program for the 2010-11 school year.
The group consists of junior infielder-pitcher Dustin Britt of Dillon, junior left-handed pitcher Matt Broderick of Glendale, Ariz., junior right-handed pitcher Zac Livingston of Goodyear, Ariz., junior right-handed pitcher Andrew Gallant of Jefferson, N.J., junior catcher Jeff Gaston of Chesterton, Ind., junior outfielder John Jones of Phoenix, Ariz., junior left-handed pitcher Jeremy Knab of Myrtle Beach, junior middle infielder Brock McCallister of Laurel, Md., junior infielder-catcher Brian Paulhus of Mt. Airy, Md., and junior outfielder Justin Robey of Severna Park, Md.
Britt, 5-9 and 190-pounds, is transferring from Florence-Darlington Technical College where he played this past spring. He compiled a 0-3 mark with a 6.48 earned run average. He played his freshman year at USC Beaufort, where he batted .304 with 10 doubles, two home runs, and 21 runs batted in for a 33-21 Sand Sharks squad. He is a graduate of Dillon High School, where he earned All-State honors in 2008 and helped lead the Wildcats to the AA Lower State title. “Dustin is a two-way player who will challenge for playing time at second and third base and will also throw out of the bullpen,” said Inabinet.
Broderick, 5-11 and 165-pounds, is one of two transfers from Glendale Community College. This past spring, he appeared in 19 games and posted a 3-4 record with one save, and a 3.76 ERA. For his accomplishments, he was named an ACCAC Sophomore All-Star middle reliever. As a freshman, he was 4-1 with five saves and a 1.41 ERA. He is a graduate of Sandra Day O’Connor High School, where as an All-Region selection he recorded five wins, two saves, and a 3.12 ERA while helping the Eagles reach the 2008 state championship series. “Matt is a crafty lefty who comes to us from a strong junior college program. He will likely throw out of our bullpen.”
Livingston, 6-3 and 200 pounds, is also a product of Glendale. As a sophomore, he was 5-4 with a 3.43 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 78.2 innings. He also batted .289 with six doubles and 12 runs batted in. In 2009, he was 5-5 on the mound with one save and a 3.21 ERA, while fanning 63 batters in 70 innings. Livingston is a graduate of Millennium High School, where he twice earned first-team All-Region recognition and was named the most valuable player of the 2008 4A All-Star Game. “Zac is a finesse right-hander who throws three pitches for strikes, among them an above average change-up. He has won 10 games over the past two seasons at the junior college level.”
Gallant, 6-3 and 195-pounds, is transferring from the County College of Morris. This past spring, he ranked among the NJCAA strikeout leaders with 60 in only 55 innings. He posted a 5-3 record with a 5.24 ERA. During his freshman campaign, he was 3-3 with one save, a 3.67 ERA, and 32 strikeouts in 34.1 innings. He is a graduate of Jefferson Township High School, where he garnered All-Morris County, All-Sussex County, and All-Daily Record honors. “Andrew is a big strong righty who throws in the upper 80’s. He possesses a really good slider as his out pitch, and he will challenge for a weekend starting role on our staff.”
Gaston, 6-0 and 185-pounds, is a transfer from NAIA member Purdue University-North Central. During the 2010 season, he batted .368 with 15 doubles, six triples, three home runs, and 34 RBIs. As a freshman, he hit .214 with two homers and four RBIs in limited playing time. He is a graduate of Chesterton High School, where he was named his squad’s MVP in 2006. “Jeff comes to FMU with good hitting numbers at the college level. He has a good arm, gives us immediate experience behind the plate, and should challenge for the starting catching role.”
Jones, 6-1 and 200-pounds, is transferring from Yavapai College. This past season, he batted .300 with eight doubles, six home runs, and 18 RBIs as the Roughriders went 42-20. He earned ACCAC Sophomore All-Star accolades. He hit .385 as a freshman with two homers and nine runs batted in as Yavapai captured the ACCAC Division I title. He is a product of Pinnacle High School, where he set the school’s single-season home run record (11) as a senior and earned 5A All-Star Team and All-Region honors.“ John is a big strong right-handed hitting outfielder. He has some pop in his bat, possesses plus-arm strength, and will battle for playing time in right field.”
Knab, 6-1 and 180-pounds, comes to FMU from USC Sumter. Last spring, he compiled a 2-3 record with three saves, while averaging more than a strikeout per inning. As a freshman, he was 7-0 with a 0.28 ERA and 44 strikeouts in only 32 innings. He is a graduate of Carolina Forest High School, where he posted a 3-3 mark as a senior. “Jeremy is a quality left-hander pitcher that when healthy can really pitch. He is coming off Tommy John surgery in June and may take a medical-redshirt year in 2010-11.”
McCallister, 5-10 and 175-pounds, is one of two transfers from Frederick Community College, which advanced to the 2010 NJCAA Division II World Series with a 53-7 record. McCallister batted .359 with 57 runs scored in 56 games. He compiled a .441 on-base percentage, hit nine doubles, and drove in 32 runs, while stealing 17 bases in 20 attempts. In 2009, he gained Freshman All-Star recognition after hitting .321 with a homer and 23 RBIs. He is a graduate of DeMatha Catholic High School, where he earned All-Conference honors. “Brock is a middle infielder who knows how to play the game. He will challenge for one of the two middle infield starting positions.”
Paulhus, 6-0 and 170-pounds, is also transferring from Frederick. He hit .363 last spring with five doubles, 57 runs scored, 30 RBIs, and a .470 on-base percentage. During his first year at Frederick, he batted .250 with four doubles, and 11 RBIs. He is a product of Linganore High School, where he was a two-time All-Conference selection and twice earned Defensive Player of the Year honors. “Brian has above average arm strength and could see playing time both behind the plate and at third base.”
Robey, 5-8 and 150-pounds, is a transfer from the Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville. Last season, he hit .356 with 50 runs scored, six doubles, three triples, 17 RBIs, 21 stolen bases, and a .422 on-base percentage. He gained All-Conference and All-Region Gold Glove honors with a .971 fielding percentage. As a freshman at Anne Arundel Community College, he led the NJCAA Division I with 61 stolen bases in 67 attempts. He ranked 30th in batting with a .443 average and eighth in on-base percentage (.564.). He also compiled seven doubles, eight triples, two home runs, and 19 RBIs. He is a graduate of Chesapeake Senior High School, where he set the single-season stolen base record (23) as a senior and twice garnered All-County recognition. “Justin can really run with more than 80 stolen bases over the past two seasons, has above average arm strength, and is a lead-off type batter. He will vie for playing time in center field.”
Francis Marion lost 17 seniors off last year’s 40-14 squad that ended the year ranked 10th nationally and finished second at the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional – which the Patriots hosted. Inabinet earlier announced the signing of 11 freshmen and one NCAA Division I transfer.