FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University junior center fielder Buddy Sosnoskie and junior catcher Brian Paulhus have been named to the Gold Glove Team for the Southeast Region.
Sosnoskie, a native of Statesville, N.C., posted a .993 fielding percentage this past season, with five assists and only one error in 147 chances. The speedy Sosnoskie led all outfielders considered for the award in putouts by a wide margin.
At the plate, he 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, compiled 22 multi-hit games and 11 multi-RBIs games, and reached 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.
Paulhus, a native of Mt. Airy, Md., compiled a .996 fielding percentage – only one error in 269 total chances. He committed only four passed balls in 44 games and threw out 44 percent of runners attempting to steal – 12 of 27. He allowed only three stolen bases (in five attempts) in his 19 games behind the plate against PBC opponents.
He also handled a Patriot pitching staff that posted a 2.83 team earned run average – second-best in the conference and 15th-best in NCAA Division II.
Offensively, Paulhus hit .229 with 21 runs scored and 15 RBIs. He registered a .341 on-base percentage and was fourth on the squad with eight sacrifice bunts.
The pair 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 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.
With the help of Sosnoskie and Paulhus, Francis Marion led the Peach Belt Conference with a .971 team fielding percentage, a stat that also ranks 10th nationally.