FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University junior right-handed pitcher Erin Jones and freshman shortstop Jason Weaver have been named to the 2003 Peach Belt Conference All-Conference Baseball Team.
The 20-member squad was selected by a vote of the conference’s 11 head coaches.
Jones, a native of Dillon, compiled a 9-4 record with a 2.84 earned run average during the 2003 regular season. He set a team single-season record with 111 strikeouts (in 107.2 innings), breaking the old mark of 106 that he set last year. In contrast, he walked only 11 batters, and opponents hit a meager .249 against him. He completed 10 of his 13 starts, and in his two seasons at FMU has completed 21 of 27 starts. In six of his 2003 starts, all against PBC opponents, he reached double figures in strikeouts. Two of his losses were by one run and the other two were by two runs.
Jones earned PBC “Pitcher of the Week” honors for the opening portion of the 2003 campaign.
Weaver, a native of Lake City, hit .403 during the 2003 regular season, including a .419 average against PBC competition. He is the first FMU batter to reach the .400 plateau in six seasons and the first middle infielder in 22 years. He started all 47 games and led the team in runs scored (41), hits (73), doubles (13), slugging percentage (.503), and on-base percentage (.481).
He led FMU in multiple-hit games with 24, including 10 contests with three or more hits. He hit safely in 38 games, and only once during the year did he go more than one game without a hit.
From his No. 2 spot in the batting order, Weaver hit one home run and drove in 24 runs. He also collected 25 bases-on-balls and stole seven bases (in 12 attempts). In the field, he recorded a .926 fielding percentage.
The two helped lead the Patriots to a 29-18 record, a No. 14 national ranking, and at least a third-place finish in the Peach Belt standings (some teams still have games yet to play). Francis Marion must now wait for the May 11 announcement of the NCAA Division II national tournament field to see if its season will continue. Four teams will be selected to play in the South Atlantic Regional that will be held May 15-17.
Both Jones and Weaver started their careers at NCAA Division I schools before transferring to FMU. Jones played his freshman season at Coastal Carolina University and Weaver was redshirted last year at the University of South Carolina.