FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University first baseman Luke Ogletree was named the most valuable player of the New York Collegiate Baseball League championship series as he helped the Amsterdam Mohawks to their second consecutive league title.
In Saturday’s championship series-clinching game, Ogletree had two hits, including a grand slam home run, as Amsterdam overcame a 4-0 deficit to win 6-4 over the Hornell Dodgers.
During the 2004 NYCBL season, the 6-0, 180-pound native of Villa Rica, Ga., hit .241 with 12 runs scored and 15 runs batted in. He started 33 contests as the Mohawks compiled a 27-18 record.
The NYCBL is a 12-team wooden bat summer league sanctioned by the NCAA and partially funded by Major League Baseball.
This past spring as the Patriots’ first baseman, Ogletree batted a team-leading .344 with 10 doubles, three home runs, and a team-high 41 RBIs. He will be among a handful of seniors on this year’s FMU squad.
Ogletree is the third Patriot to play for the Mohawks, following center fielder Quentin Davis (2003) and right-handed pitcher Erin Jones (2002).
Francis Marion will open its 2005 campaign, Feb. 3, at Coker College in Hartsville.