FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University junior right-handed pitcher Erin Jones has been named the Peach Belt Conference “Pitcher of the Week” for the opening portion of the 2003 season, while FMU senior women’s tennis player Ana Carias has been named the PBC “Player of the Week” for the week ending Feb. 9.
Jones, a native of Dillon, was 2-0 in three appearances with a 2.50 earned run average and 19 strikeouts in 18 innings. He issued only one walk. He was the winning pitcher in FMU’s season-opening victory over Limestone College and then this past weekend he shutout fourth-ranked University of North Florida 5-0 on six singles, striking out 12 Ospreys.
He has helped lead the Patriots to a 6-1 mark and a No. 15 national ranking, the program’s first appearance in the Top 30 in 10 years.
Dating back to last season, Jones has won 12 of his last 14 decisions. In 2002, he tied for seventh in the nation in total wins with a 12-6 record, and ranked 19th in earned run average (2.29). He earned “Pitcher of the Week” honors once during the 2002 season.
Carias, a native of Lake Placid, Fla., captured wins at the No. 1 singles position and at No. 1 doubles as FMU opened its 2003 season with a 9-0 victory over Newberry last weekend. She won her singles match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, and teamed with Stephanie Bush to capture an 8-1 win in doubles.
Carias, who transferred from Newberry to FMU in 2001, was named the most valuable player of the Francis Marion squad following the 2002 campaign.