AUGUSTA, GA – The Francis Marion University baseball team has been awarded the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Team Sportsmanship Award, the league office announced on Friday (May 25).
The PBC presents one such award for each of its 13 championship sports.
The program presents an award following each championship season to the team in that sport that best exemplifies the spirit of sportsmanship and generally conducts themselves with a high degree of integrity, character and class. The team award is selected by other teams who compete in that sport.
Francis Marion finished the 2012 year with 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. FMU has posted 40-win campaigns each of the past three seasons.
“It is nice to be recognized by our peers that our student-athletes do things the right way, both on and off the field,” said FMU head coach Art Inabinet. “This is a testament to our team leadership, including our 11 seniors, and how they made this a memorable season.”
The award is Francis Marion’s eighth overall in the four-year history of the program. Previous sports that have garnered this honor are men’s cross country, men’s soccer, women’s tennis.
The league’s Senior Woman Administrators oversee the Team Sportsmanship Award program.