FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University senior center fielder Buddy Sosnoskie has been named to a pair of post-season squads for his work on the field and in the classroom.
The Statesville, N.C., native has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District III Baseball Team and to the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Team.
Sosnoskie has compiled a 3.38 grade point average as a marketing major. A first-team selection in the Capital One Academic process, he now becomes eligible to earn Academic All-American honors, with voting to be done in the near future.
Off the field, Sosnoskie is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, the national college athlete honor society; was named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll in 2011; and has twice been selected to the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll.
On the diamond, he led FMU with a .391 average, 56 runs batted in, and a .444 on-base percentage. He set team single-season records for hits (92) and doubles (25). He shared the team lead in runs scored (51), while also hitting a pair of home runs and stealing nine bases. He finished the year with a 12-game hitting streak, compiled 27 multi-hit games and 15 multi-RBIs games, and reached base safely in 53 of 58 games.
Sosnoskie helped lead Francis Marion to a 40-18 record, a national Top-10 ranking, and a fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament – where the Patriots reached the regional title game for the third consecutive season.
In both his seasons in Florence, Sosnoskie garnered All-Conference and All-Region accolades.
To be eligible for both academic programs, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings.
District 3 Winners
NCAA Division II School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Pitcher Taylor Rakes TUSCULUM COLLEGE Jr. Norcross, Ga. 3.88 Business & Economics
Pitcher Mario Rojas NEWBERRY COLLEGE Jr. Miami, Fla. 3.81 Business Administration
Pitcher Thomas McLeod USC AIKEN Sr. Chapin, S.C. 3.70 Exercise and Sports Science
Catcher Cody Coffman TUSCULUM COLLEGE Sr. Cape Coral, Fla. 3.59 Physical Therapy
Infield Jacob Karr WINGATE UNIVERSITY Sr. Richmond, Va. 3.68 Accounting
Infield Eitan Maoz UNC PEMBROKE Sr. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 3.87 Exercise & Sports Science
Infield Andy Vogel NEWBERRY COLLEGE Jr. Marietta, Ga. 3.81 Business Administration
Infield Michael Barnhill ARMSTRONG ATL. ST. U. Jr. Lake Forest, Calif. 3.47 Liberal Studies
Infield Devon Hellett FLAGLER COLLEGE Sr. Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 3.70 Business Administration
Infield Brett Underwood CATAWBA COLLEGE Sr. Greensboro, N.C. 3.57 Communications
Outfield Buddy Sosnoskie FRANCIS MARION UNIV. Sr. Statesville, N.C. 3.38 Marketing
Outfield Bryant Walker KING COLLEGE (TN) Sr. Knoxville, Tenn. 4.00 Physics
Outfield Josh Haley UNC PEMBROKE Sr. Jackson Springs, N.C. 3.50 Exercise & Sports Science
Outfield Cody Powell ARMSTRONG ATL. ST. U. So. Locust Grove, Ga. 3.34 Rehabilitation Sciences
Outfield Antonio Callaway MOUNT OLIVE COLLEGE Sr. Lawrenceville, Ga. 3.64 Business Mgt/Human Res M
DH Clayton Miller ARMSTRONG ATL. ST. U. So. Augusta, Ga. 3.37 Rehabilitation Sciences