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Patriots corner infielders honored by PBC

FLORENCE, S.C. – Senior first baseman Preston Shuey and freshman third baseman Michael Wilson have been honored by the Peach Belt Conference as the league’s Player and Freshman of the Week for the period of Feb. 21-27. Wilson earns his award for the second straight week.

The pair helped FMU to a 4-0 week. The Patriots, now 11-3, are ranked 17th in this week’s Collegiate Baseball Newspaper NCAA Division II Top 30 poll.

Shuey hit .538 (7-for-13) last week with three doubles, a homer, and 10 runs batted in. During a six-RBI game against Pfeiffer University that he decided with a walk-off grand slam, he broke the FMU career record for RBIs. Following a pair of two-RBI games this past weekend, he has pushed his career total to 168, also 14th in PBC history.  During the week, the Charlotte native registered a slugging percentage of 1.000. He collected a hit in each game and two hits in three of the four. He struck out only once in 13 at-bats and made no errors in 35 fielding chances.

Shuey currently ranks second in the PBC with 21 RBIs in 14 games and is in the league’s top 10 in slugging, home runs, and total bases. He is third on the NCAA Division II career list for fielding putouts with 1,553.

Wilson batted .562 (9-for-16) with six runs scored, two doubles, a stolen base, and two RBIs, while extending his career-starting hitting streak to 14 games. The Florence product also recorded an on-base percentage of .632 and a slugging percentage of .688. At third, he committed only one error in 12 fielding chances.

To start his collegiate career, Wilson has scored 20 runs in 14 games this season from the lead-off spot in the line-up. He currently leads the Peach Belt in total hits and total bases, is second in batting average (.500) and on-base percentage (.600), tied for second in runs scored, third in slugging (.704), and tied for third in doubles (7).

Francis Marion will visit seventh-ranked Mount Olive College for a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday.

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Last Published: April 4, 2011 4:16 PM
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