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Patriots Sign Mullins Hurler

FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University baseball coach Art Inabinet has announced the signing of Dusty Floyd of Mullins to a national letter of intent to attend FMU this fall and play for the Patriots in 2004.

Floyd, a 6-2 190-pound right-hander pitcher, is a graduate of Mullins High School, where he played for coach Hal Lambert.  He is the son of former Francis Marion basketball standout Allen Floyd, a member of the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame.

This past season, Floyd batted .400 with a slugging percentage of .460 and an on-base percentage of .474.  On the mound, he compiled a 4.20 earned run average while fanning 37 of 121 batters faced. He earned All-Region honors, received the South Carolina High School Sports Report’s All State/Senior-Leadership Award, and was selected his team’s most valuable player.  He was a five-year starter for the Auctioneers.

Off the field, he earned his school’s “Best of the Best” senior award and was a participant in Palmetto Boys State.

He was also an All-Region performer on the basketball court where he ranked among the top 10 in the state in three-point shooting.

During this past summer’s American Legion (baseball) season, he posted a 1-2 mark with one save and a 3.70 ERA.  He struck out 37 batters in only 30.1 innings.

“Dusty comes from a good Patriot pedigree,” said Inabinet.  “He is a tall rangy pitcher with a good fastball (84-85 mph) and a nice breaking ball.  He is very young (18 years old) and has a lot of potential.   His strength and stamina should increase when he begins working in our conditioning program.  He has a bright future.”

Inabinet has now inked nine newcomers to join the Patriot program for 2004.

Francis Marion finished last season with a 30-20 record, placed third during the Peach Belt Conference regular season, and earned an invitation to the NCAA Division II national tournament, where the Patriots finished third at the South Atlantic Regional.


Last Published: March 2, 2004 7:33 AM
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