FLORENCE, S.C. – Sophomore right-hander Don Sandifer and freshman third baseman Michael Wilson have been honored by the Peach Belt Conference as the league’s Pitcher and Freshman of the Week for the period of Feb. 14-20.
The pair helped FMU to a 5-0 week. The Patriots, now 8-3, are ranked 24th in this week’s Collegiate Baseball Newspaper NCAA Division II Top 30 poll.
Sandifer tossed a nine-inning no-hitter against Winston-Salem State University in his only mound appearance of the week. During the 13-0 Patriot win, he allowed only two base runners (one walk and an infield error), while striking out 14, the highest output by a Patriot pitcher in four seasons and only three away from the school record. The no-hitter was the 10th in FMU history and only the seventh nine-inning
no-hitter in Peach Belt history, and the first since 2008.
In the process, the Bamberg native upped his season record to 2-1 and lowered his earned run average to 0.41, second in the PBC. He leads the league in opponent batting average against and is second in strikeouts.
Batting in the lead-off position, Wilson hit .524 (11-for-21) with 12 runs scored, three doubles, two triples, seven RBIs, a .857 slugging percentage, and a .633 on-base percentage. The Florence native only committed one error in 13 fielding chances at the hot corner. He hit safely in all five games, including three multi-hit games and a trio of contests where he drove in two runs. He went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, two triples, and two RBIs in a road victory at St. Andrews Presbyterian College.
Wilson is currently second in the PBC with a .474 batting average, sixth in slugging, and leads the league in runs scored. After Wednesday’s game, he has now hit in all 11 games to start his collegiate career.
Francis Marion will host Seton Hill University for a three-game series this weekend, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. and concluding with a single contest on Sunday at noon.