FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University senior center fielder Quentin Davis and sophomore left-handed pitcher Lee Tabor have been named to the 2005 Peach Belt Conference All-Conference Baseball Team, while right-handed pitcher Dylan Owen has been selected as one of the PBC’s “Co-Freshmen of the Year.”
The 20-member All-PBC squad was selected by a vote of the conference’s 11 head coaches.
Davis, a local product from Darlington, batted .352 this past season with 43 runs scored, eight doubles, 39 runs batted in, and team-leading totals of six triples, four home runs, 24 stolen bases (in 30 attempts), a .432 on-base percentage, and a .531 slugging percentage. He ranks second in the PBC in stolen bases and third in triples. During the regular season, he recorded a 10-game hitting streak, and tallied 17 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI games. He stands fifth on the PBC career list for stolen bases with 72 and is fourth on the career list for triples with 13.
Tabor, a native of Manning, compiled a 9-3 record with a 2.33 earned run average. He struck out 69 batters in 81 innings, while completing six of his 13 starts. Opponents batted only .217 against him in 15 appearances. He stands second among PBC hurlers in wins, third in ERA and complete games, and fifth in batting average against.
Owen, a Cheraw native, owns a 6-3 record with one save and a 2.59 ERA. He completed six of 10 starts, while logging a team-high 93.2 innings and fanning a team-high 84 batters. Opponents batted only .211 against him, and he posted two shutouts, including a no-hitter. In the Peach Belt, he ranks third in compete games and opponents’ batting average and fourth in innings pitched and strikeouts.
He is the first FMU baseball player to earn the “Freshman of the Year” award.
The three players have helped lead the Patriots to a 34-14-1 record, a season-ending six-game winning streak, an eighth-place national ranking, and a current third-place standing in the Peach Belt standings (some teams still have games yet to play). Francis Marion is awaiting the May 15 announcement of the NCAA Division II national tournament field to see if the Patriots receive a post-season invitation. In this week’s South Atlantic Region poll, FMU moved up one position to third.