FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University softball coach Jack Byerley has announced the signing of Monica Wofford of Myrtle Beach to a national letter of intent to attend FMU and play for the Patriots in 2005.
Wofford, a 5-10 infielder, is a product of Myrtle Beach High School, where she played for coach Steve Walsh. As a senior, she batted .395 with two home runs, 17 runs batted in, 25 runs scored, a .479 on-base percentage, and a .556 slugging percentage. She helped lead the Lady Seahawks to a 16-11 record and a spot in the AAA state playoffs.
She was a 7-AAA All-Conference selection as both a sophomore and junior. In 2003, she hit .439 with four homers and 44 RBIs, was named to the SCCAWS All-State squad, and was tabbed as her team’s most valuable player. In 2002, she batted .436 with 23 RBIs. Both years, she also earned her team’s Athletic Scholar Award.
She is also a three-time Toast of the Coast first-team selection.
“In addition to her high school career, Monica plays on a very competitive summer team (N.C. Flames),” said Byerley. “I consider her one of the top talents in the southeast. She has a good arm, can play in the outfield as well as the infield, and hits for power. It is doubly nice to sign an area product that will contribute to your program.”
Last summer, Wofford helped lead the Flames to a 54-8 record and a third-place finish at the USFA World Series and a second-place finish at the Pony Nationals.
Francis Marion finished the 2004 season with a 37-17 record, placing fourth during the Peach Belt Conference regular season, and third at the PBC Tournament. The Patriots are currently awaiting the May 3 announcement of the NCAA Division II national tournament field to see if they will receive an invitation and continue their season.