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FMU's Jones and Newman Gain Academic Baseball Honors

    FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University senior right-handed pitcher Erin Jones and senior utility player Chris Newman were both selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District College Division baseball team.

    The two were named to the 13-player second team for District III, which includes Florida, Georgia, Virginia, and North and South Carolina.

    Jones, a native of Dillon, recorded an 8-3 mark with one save and a 2.88 earned run average during the 2004 campaign.  He struck out 90 batters in 100 innings, while walking only 19.  He completed seven games of his 13 starts to lead the Peach Belt Conference in that category.

    He was also an All-Conference selection for his accomplishments on the field.

    This past Saturday at commencement exercises, Jones received a B.S. degree in biology (cum laude), graduating with a 3.50 grade point average.  Off the field, Jones is involved with the Baptist Young Women and Men (BYWM) organization at his church, is a singer in two church choirs, and has participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

    Newman, a native of Columbia, split time between the outfield and third base this past season.  He batted .290 with 29 runs scored, six doubles, three triples, one home run, and 19 runs batted in.  He compiled a .369 on-base percentage, stole seven bases in 11 attempts, and put together a 12-game hitting streak.  In the field, he posted a .952 fielding percentage.

    Newman earned a B.S. degree in mathematics this past weekend, finishing with a 3.407 grade point average.   He was a member of the FMU Student Athletic Advisory Committee and the Campus Outreach leadership team, an on-campus ministry.  He is to take part in a two-month cross cultural mission trip to South Africa this year.

    Both Jones and Newman are past members of the PBC Presidential Honor Roll and the FMU Swamp Fox Honor Roll.

    The two helped lead Francis Marion to a 29-17 record, a season-ending six-game winning streak, and a fifth-place finish in the Peach Belt Conference standings.


Last Published: February 7, 2006 10:10 AM
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