FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University senior center fielder Buddy Sosnoskie has been named the Peach Belt Conference baseball Player of the Week for the week of March 19-26.
A native of Statesville, N.C., Sosnoskie had four straight multi-hit games last week for the Patriots, batting .688 with four doubles, a triple, eight runs scored, and six runs batted in.
After going 2-for-4 with a double in a 14-1 win at St. Andrews University, the 2011 PBC Co-Player of the Year hit .750 with a 1.167 slugging percentage in a three-game series at nationally ranked Armstrong. He collected five hits in Sunday’s doubleheader and was 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, three RBIs and four runs scored in the rubber game on Monday as FMU took the series. He had a 1.062 slugging percentage for the week and stole two bases.
For the season, Sosnoskie is tied for second in the PBC in triples (3) and tied for fifth in doubles (11). He is hitting .346 with a team-high 32 runs scored, 14 extra-base hits, and 22 RBIs. He leads the team with a .416 on-base percentage.
He has hit in 49 of his last 62 contests dating back to last season, and has safety reached base of 82 of his 89 contests as a Patriot.
He was named to Baseball America’s Preseason Top Prospects for 2012.
The 23rd-ranked Patriots are 21-11 and will play at Belmont Abbey College on Wednesday at 2 p.m. FMU will then entertain UNC Pembroke for a key Peach Belt Conference series this weekend.
In his first season (2011) as a Patriot, Sosnoskie batted .396 (3rd-best in the PBC) with 42 runs scored, 10 doubles, a conference-leading nine triples, and 45 runs batted in (5th-best in the PBC). He started all 57 games for FMU, posted a .474 on-base percentage, committed only one error (with five assists) for a .993 fielding percentage.
He played his first two seasons at Virginia Tech, and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 25th round of the 2010 draft, but chose to continue his college career.