FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University senior right-handed pitcher Erin Jones was selected by the New York Mets in the 31st round of Major League Baseball’s 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Tuesday (June 8).
Jones was selected as the third pick in the 31st round (No. 914), and became the fifth Peach Belt Conference player chosen (through the first 32 rounds of the 50-round draft).
Jones, a 5-10 Dillon native, earned first-team Rawlings/ABCA All-South Atlantic Region honors each of the past two years. He was also an All-Peach Belt selection in 2003 and 2004, and this past season he was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District III College Division baseball team. In May, Jones received a B.S. degree in biology (cum laude), graduating with a 3.50 grade point average.
This past season, he compiled an 8-3 record with one save and a 2.88 earned run average, striking out 90 batters in 100 innings, while walking only 19. He completed seven games of his 13 starts to lead the Peach Belt in that category. He stands second in the PBC in wins, third in innings pitched, and fourth in strikeouts.
Jones helped lead the Patriots to a 29-17 record, a season-ending six-game winning streak, and a fifth-place finish in the Peach Belt standings.
In three years at FMU, he set Patriot career marks for wins (29-14 mark), complete games (29 in 41 starts), innings (336), and strikeouts (315), while twice setting the FMU single-season record for strikeouts: 106 in 2002 and then 119 in 2003.
Jones is the first FMU player to be drafted since left-hander Hal Chafey was chosen by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 20th round of the 2002 draft.