FLORENCE, S.C. – Nine Francis Marion University diamond athletes were listed in the final 2005 NCAA Division II baseball and softball statistical reports.
In the baseball report, senior centerfielder Quentin Davis (Darlington, S.C.) ranked 25th in triples hit per game (0.12) and 27th in stolen bases per game (0.51). Senior first baseman Luke Ogletree (Villa Rica, Ga.) ranked 86th in runs batted in per game (1.02), while junior infielder Omar Quiles (Naranjito, Puerto Rico) was the nation’s 89th toughest player to strikeout, fanning only 15 times in 208 at bats. Junior shortstop Jason Weaver (Lake City, S.C.) ranked 10th nationally in sacrifice hits per contest (0.26).
Sophomore left-handed pitcher Lee Tabor (Manning, S.C.) ranked 31st in wins (9-4 record) and 55th in earned run average (2.47). Freshman righty Dylan Owen (Chesterfield, S.C.) was 88th in strikeouts per nine innings (8.2) and 101st in ERA (3.01), while senior right-hander Chas Dobes (Lemont, Ill.) ranked 95th in ERA at 2.95.
In the team rankings, the Patriots ranked 8th in earned run average (3.11) – the team’s lowest figure since 1980, 29th in winning percentage (.676), 35th in triples per game (0.33), 69th in doubles per game (1.82), 73rd in batting average (.312), 75th in fielding percentage (.957), 84th in stolen bases per game (1.20), 99th in scoring per game (6.3), 122nd in double plays turned per game (0.71), 138th in slugging percentage (.410), and 181st in home runs per game (0.27). Approximately 205 Division II institutions sponsor baseball.
This past season, Francis Marion posted a 34-16-1 record, was ranked 14th in the final Top 30 national poll, and earned a spot in the NCAA Division II national tournament.
In the Division II softball reports, senior center fielder Betsy Bouknight (Leesville, S.C.) ranked 27th in stolen bases per game (0.63) and sophomore third baseman Janine Allen (Lilburn, Ga.) ranked 27th in doubles per game (0.37).
In the softball team rankings, the Patriot women ranked 19th in Division II in both home runs per game (0.84) and slugging percentage (.484), 20th in doubles per game (1.64), and 27th in winning percentage (.720).
Francis Marion posted a 36-14 record this past spring, the fourth-most wins in team history, and tied for fifth place in the Peach Belt Conference regular-season standings. FMU has won at least 30 games each of the past six seasons, and eight of the last nine campaigns.