FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University baseball and women’s softball teams are both listed in the final 2001 NCAA statistical reports.
The FMU softball squad ranked 14th in doubles per game (1.58), 17th in team hitting with a .322 average, 29th in slugging percentage (.416), and 35th in scoring offense at 4.78 runs per game. Defensively, the Patriots ranked 12th in double plays turned per game (0.40), a figure that also led the Peach Belt Conference. FMU recorded 22 twin-killings in 55 games.
Senior centerfielder Ginger Miller (Wingate, N.C.) tied for 12th in doubles hit per game (0.38), with a school-record 21 two-baggers in the 55 games.
Francis Marion ended the 2001 season with a 34-21 record, the fifth-highest win total in school history and the program’s fourth 30-win season in the past five campaigns.
The Patriot baseball team ranked 13th in team pitching with a 3.84 earned run average. That figure was the lowest ERA in the nation for a squad with a sub-.500 record, and it also led the Peach Belt. Under first-year head coach Art Inabinet, Francis Marion posted a 24-27 mark this past season.