FLORENCE, S.C. – Following one of its most successful seasons, Francis Marion University has seen five of its baseball players earn All-Region honors.
Junior center fielder Buddy Sosnoskie and sophomore right-handed pitcher Don Sandifer were both named to the first-team American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) NCAA Division II Southeast All-Region Team, while senior first baseman Preston Shuey was a second-team selection. Sosnoskie and Sandifer were first-team picks for the Daktronics, Inc. Southeast All-Region Team, while Shuey, freshman right-handed pitcher Jeffrey Stoner, and junior designated hitter John Jones were selected to the second squad. Sosnoskie and Sandifer also earned first-team All-Southeast Region recognition from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), while Shuey and Stoner were third-team picks.
Sandifer earned All-Region honors from all three organizations as a freshman in 2010.
Sosnoskie, a native of Statesville, N.C., led FMU with a .396 average, nine stolen bases, and a .550 slugging percentage, and was the Peach Belt Conference leader in triples (9) and sacrifice flies (9). He also scored 42 runs while registering 80 hits, 10 doubles, one home run, and 45 runs batted in. He owned a .474 on-base percentage and a .993 fielding average with five outfield assists. He compiled 22 multi-hit games and 11 multi-RBIs games, while reaching base safely in 54 of 57 games. Nationally, he ranks second in sacrifice flies and third in triples. He struck out only 19 times in 253 plate appearances.
Sandifer, a native of Bamberg, was 11-3 with a 2.33 earned run average. He led the PBC in wins, strikeouts (105), and opponents’ batting average against at .193. In 108 innings pitched, he allowed only 75 hits and walked just 16, ranking him 31st nationally in fewest bases-on-balls issued per nine innings. He recorded six complete games, including a school-record three shutouts.
Shuey, a native of Charlotte, N.C., batted .308 and led Francis Marion with eight home runs and a school-record 67 RBIs. He scored 40 runs and recorded 11 doubles and a .374 on-base percentage. He committed only four errors in 550 chances for a .993 fielding percentage. He ended his career as the Patriots’ all-time RBI leader (312) and ranks second in Division II history with 1,939 career putouts.
Stoner, a native of Martinez, Ga., set an FMU season record for best winning percentage with his perfect 9-0 mark. He posted a 2.40 ERA and in 78.2 innings pitched fanned 51 batters and walked only 21. Opponents batted only .217 against him (fifth-best in the PBC). He tied for the conference lead in fewest runs allowed (23).
Jones, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., batted .347 with 34 runs scored, seven doubles, four triples, three home runs, and 32 RBIs. He ranked among the Top 15 in the PBC in batting, triples, on-base percentage (.441), slugging percentage (.507), and sacrifice bunts (13). He registered 15 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games.
The five players helped Francis Marion to a 41-16 record, a national Top-10 ranking, the PBC regular-season championship, and a third straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament. The 41 victories equals the most in team history, and the Patriots advanced to the regional title game for the second consecutive year.