FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University baseball coach Art Inabinet has announced the signing of Brandon Miles of Florence and Owen Brittle of Sumter to a national letters of intent to attend FMU next fall and play for the Patriots in 2005.
Miles, a 5-9 160-pound middle infielder, is a senior at Florence Christian School, where he plays under the direction of coach Chuck Sterling. Miles’ dad, Jimmy, is a former Patriot outfielder (1979-82), while Sterling is a former FMU pitcher (1988-90).
A left-handed hitter, Miles batted leadoff last year for Eagles, posting a .436 average with three home runs.
He is a three-time All-Conference performer in both baseball and soccer. He earned All-State honors once on the diamond and twice on the soccer field. He is also a Wendy’s High School Heisman nominee.
“Brandon has good foot-speed and a good arm, and will give us an additional left-handed bat,” said Inabinet. “He plays the game extremely hard.”
Brittle, a 5-10 165-pound left-handed pitcher, is a senior at Lakewood High School, where he plays for coach Barry Hatfield.
As a junior, he compiled a 4-3 record with one save and a 2.15 earned run average. He struck out 59 batters in only 39 innings pitched. At the plate, he batted .465 with three doubles and five runs batted in. During the 2003 American Legion season, he was 7-1 with a 2.53 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 53.1 innings. He batted .379 with eight doubles, one home run, and 25 RBIs.
He also plays football and runs track. He is a member of Lakewood’s National Honor Society and was named to Who’s Who Among American High School Students.
“We have high expectations for Owen,” Inabinet said. “As a southpaw, he has a chance to come in and pitch right away. He comes from strong American Legion and high school programs.”
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. FMU opens its 2004 season Jan. 31 at home against Limestone College.