FLORENCE, S.C. – Eight Francis Marion University baseball players were listed in the final 2006 NCAA Division II baseball statistical report, while the Patriots ranked highly in several team categories.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Dylan Owen (Chesterfield, S.C.) ranked fourth in the country in victories (12-3 record), 42nd in earned run average (2.30), and 54thin strikeouts per nine innings (9.1). He ranked third in total strikeouts with a school-record 126. Junior lefty Lee Tabor (Manning, S.C.) was fourth in total strikeouts (118), 46th in strikeouts per nine innings (9.2), and 147th in earned run average (3.19). Sophomore southpaw Brandon White (Summerville, S.C.) was 16th in strikeouts per nine innings (10.2).
At the plate, sophomore left fielder Justin Greene (Goose Creek, S.C.) ranked 22nd in both triples per game (0.13) and sacrifice hits per game (0.23) and 43rd in hit-by-pitches per game (0.30). Junior center fielder Derek Kennamer (McMinnville, Tenn.) was 11th in sacrifice hits per game (0.26) and 30th in stolen bases per game (0.57). His 33 swipes are the seventh highest season total in team history and the most by a Patriot in 18 seasons.
Freshman catcher/DH Jared Barkdoll (Greencastle, Pa.) ranked 62nd in sacrifice hits per game (0.19), while senior shortstop Jason Weaver (Lake City, S.C.) was 70th in sacrifice hits per game (0.17) and junior catcher-DH Michael Ward (Florence, S.C.) was 97th in walks per game (0.57).
I n the team rankings, the Patriots ranked third in strikeouts per nine innings (8.6), seventh in earned run average (2.96) – the team’s lowest figure since 1979, 20th in fielding percentage (.964), 30th in winning percentage (.695), 39th in triples per game (0.36), 61st in stolen bases per game (1.47), 89th in batting average (.310), 114th in scoring per game (6.1), 135th in slugging percentage (.405), 157th in doubles per game (1.46), 161st in home runs per game (0.36), and 175th in double plays turned per game (0.56).
Patriot hurlers fanned a school-record 488 batters in 513.1 innings, while FMU batters collected a school-record 623 base hits.
This past season, Francis Marion posted a 41-18 record, was ranked sixth in the final Top 30 national poll, and made the program’s first appearance in the Division II College World Series.
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