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FMU Trio Gains All-American Scholar-Athlete Recognition

            FLORENCE, S.C. – Three members of this past spring’s Francis Marion University softball team, senior outfielder Amber Gaines, junior catcher Jamie Wiggins, and sophomore outfielder Jenna Sexton, were recently named to the 2005 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar-Athlete Team.

            Gaines, a native of Garden Grove, Calif., graduated this past spring with a B.S. degree in psychology. She concluded her undergraduate work with a 3.93 grade point average and graduated summa cum laude. On the playing field, she batted .220 with 19 runs scored and seven runs batted in. She tallied a .331 on-base percentage and stole eight bases (in nine attempts).

            Wiggins, a native of Marion, is majoring in biology and owns a 3.757 GPA. Last spring, she hit .239 with five home runs, 14 RBIs, and 22 runs scored. Defensively, she threw out seven of 31 runners attempting to steal.

          Sexton, a native of Marietta, Ga., is majoring in physics and has a 3.242 GPA. A defensive standout in right field with only two errors in 72 chances, she batted .324 with 12 extra-base hits, 21 RBIs, 19 stolen bases (in 24 attempts), 32 runs scored, and a .399 on-base percentage. Batting second in the Patriot lineup, she led the team with 10 sacrifice hits.

          Francis Marion posted a 36-14 record in 2005 and finished fifth during the Peach Belt Conference regular season. The Patriots narrowly missed earning an invitation to the NCAA Division II national tournament.

Last Published: January 3, 2006 8:09 AM
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