FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University baseball coach Art Inabinet has announced the signing of right-handed pitchers Jackson Brady of Cameron, Curtis Johnson of Sumter, and Dylan Owen of Cheraw, to national letters of intent to attend FMU this fall and play for the Patriots in 2005. The fifth-year head coach also announced that infielder Brian McFadden of Scranton has transferred to FMU from Spartanburg Methodist College.
Brady, 6-2 and 200 pounds, is a product of Calhoun Academy, where he played under the direction of coach Adam Jarecki. Inabinet also attended Calhoun Academy.
This past season, Brady posted a 3-2 pitching mark with 63 strike outs in 40.1 innings, while walking only 17 and allowing only 20 hits. At the plate, he batted .450 with 10 extra-base hits, including two home runs. He is a two-time All-Region selection, and earned SCISA All-Star honors in three sports as a senior. He also garnered All-Area recognition in baseball, basketball, and football, as selected by the Orangeburg Times & Democrat.
As a junior, he hit .485 with three home runs, while on the mound he struck out 39 batters in only five appearances.
Johnson, 5-10 and 180 pounds, is a graduate of Lakewood High School, where he played for coach Barry Hatfield. During last fall’s early signing period, FMU inked Lakewood southpaw Owen Brittle.
As a senior, Johnson compiled a 3-4 record with four saves and a 1.47 earned run average. He struck out 119 batters in only 57 innings pitched. A three-time All-Region performer, he posted a 22-6 career mark with three no-hitters. He was the Region 4-AAA Player of the Year in 2003 and was named to the SCBCA All-State squad. Prior to his senior year, he was selected to the Louisville Slugger Pre-Season America Team (second team).
Owen, 6-0 and 195 pounds, is a product of Chesterfield High School, where he played for coach Jimmy Weatherford.
This past season, he batted .603 with 33 runs scored, 10 doubles, four home runs, and 24 runs batted in. On the pitching mound, he recorded a 5-2 mark with a 1.71 earned run average and 79 strike outs (eight walks) in only 49 innings. He was named to the 2004 SC/NC All-Star Select Team, and is also a past recipient of All-Region honors.
McFadden, 6-1 and 180 pounds, played two seasons (2002 and 2003) at SMC, during which time the Pioneers recorded a program-best 101 combined wins. In his second year, he batted .315 with 44 runs scored, 11 stolen bases (in 13 attempts), 13 doubles, seven home runs, and 31 RBIs. He helped lead the Pioneers to a 50-16 record, the Region X championship, a No. 10 national ranking, and a spot in the NJCAA World Series.
McFadden is a product of Lake City High School, where he played for coaches Greg Streett and Scott Cook.
“Both Brady and Johnson possess good breaking balls and both throw in the mid 80’s,” Inabinet said. “Owen reminds me of (former FMU standout) Erin Jones, in that he is a tough competitor who reaches the upper 80’s and has a hard breaking ball. He has a chance to break into our starting rotation as a freshman. McFadden can run, hit, and throw. He is a very talented player, who was drafted out of high school, and who should help us this season.”
Francis Marion finished the 2004 campaign with a 29-17 record, a season-ending six-game winning streak, and a fifth-place finish in the Peach Belt Conference standings.
FMU previously announced the signing of middle infielder Brandon Miles of Florence and Brittle during last fall’s early signing period.