FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University baseball coach Art Inabinet has announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Joseph Fox of Canfield, Ohio, to a national letter of intent during the recent early signing period. Fox will attend FMU in the fall of 2006 and play for the Patriots in the spring of 2007.
Interestingly, Fox has ties to South Carolina and to Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, the university’s namesake. Fox’s great-great-great-great-great grandfather Thomas Fox fought under the command of Francis Marion in the 2nd South Carolina Regiment from 1775 to 1778. Thomas Fox lived in what is today Orangeburg County.
Joseph Fox, 6-3 200-pounds, is a senior at Canfield High School, where he has played under the direction of coach Tony Ross.
As a junior this past spring, he helped lead the Cardinals to a 20-8 record and the team’s first unbeaten conference mark (11-0) since 1982. Canfield advanced to the Division II Region 5 district title game.
Fox represented team southeast at the Blue-Gray Classic at Wake Forest, and made the All-Tournament Team at the regionals of the NABF Tournament.
This past fall, he played for R&J Trucking in the Youngstown Class B league, and posted a 1-1 mark with a 1.62 earned run average and 19 strikeouts in 21.2 innings. He also batted .258 with one home run, 10 runs batted in, and a .452 slugging percentage.
Francis Marion was 34-16-1 this past spring with a No. 14 national ranking, and earned its second invitation in three years to the NCAA Division II national tournament.
Fox is the team’s second signing for the 2007 season.