FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University baseball coach Art Inabinet has announced the signing of outfielder Derek Kennamer
of McMinnville, Tenn.
, to a national letter of intent to attend FMU this fall and play for the Patriots in 2006.
Kennamer, 5-8 and 160 pounds, is a transfer from Roane State Community College, where he played the past two seasons under the direction of coach Larry Works.
This past spring, the speedy lead-off batter hit .365 with 37 runs scored, 10 doubles, 25 runs batted in, and a TJCCAA/Region VII-leading 38 stolen bases. For his accomplishments, he was selected to the first-team All-Conference squad. He was also named his region’s Player of the Week once early in the season.
As a freshman in 2004, he hit .321 with 44 runs scored, six doubles, two triples, 20 RBIs, and 32 stolen bases.
He is a former two-time All-District performer at Warren County High School, where he played for coaches Jimmy Walker, J.W. Holt, and Brent Whitlock.
Francis Marion previously announced the addition of five players for the upcoming season: catcher-infielder Jared Barkdoll of Greencastle, Pa., right-handed pitcher Mike Hlavacek of Hoffman Estates, Ill., shortstop David Metts of St. George, outfielder Trent Knight of Cheraw, and infielder Taylor Norfleet of West End, N.C.
Francis Marion loses five seniors off this past season’s nationally ranked 34-16-1 squad that made its second NCAA Division II national tournament appearance in three years. The Patriots ended the year ranked 14th in the final NCAA Division II Collegiate Baseball Magazine Top 30 poll.