Patriots’ Mackinson named Academic All-American
Francis Marion University shortstop C.J. Mackinson has been named to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division II Baseball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The Sykesville, Md., native was a second-team selection.
Mackinson, a senior, becomes the fifth Academic All-American for the Patriot baseball program, joining designated hitter Dalton Gress (2014), outfielder Buddy Sosnoskie (2012), outfielder Alex Lee (2010), and right-handed pitcher Sammy Ward (1980).
On the diamond, he started all 49 contests and batted .262 with seven doubles, three home runs, and 27 runs batted in. He registered 15 multi-hit games and six multi-RBI games, ranked seventh in the Peach Belt Conference with 136 fielding assists, and took part in turning 34 double plays – fourth-best in the PBC. He was named to the PBC Baseball All-Academic Team for 2019.
At this spring’s FMU Academic Awards Day ceremony, Mackinson received the Management Award (from the School of Business). He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society and Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society. He has been named to the PBC Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor roll on every possible occasion, and served on the University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee this past year. As a junior in 2018, he was a second-team All-Conference selection and earned Patriot Team MVP honors.
Pats add high-scoring guard
Francis Marion University men’s basketball coach Gary Edwards has announced the signing of two players to national letters of intent.
Kainan Pouncy of New Brockton, Ala., will join the Patriots. A 6-2, 195-pound guard, Pouncy comes to FMU from Enterprise State Community College, where he played the past two seasons. This past year, he averaged 20.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.0 steals per game.
Also signing to play at FMU was 6-3 guard Quinton Thomas of Charlotte, N.C.
Thomas is a senior at West Charlotte High School, where he played under the direction of coach Jacoby Davis. As a senior, he averaged 13.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.
Baseball inks four newcomers
Francis Marion University baseball coach Art Inabinet has announced the signing of three junior college transfers – second baseman and outfielder Vince Hanna of Lake City, right-handed pitcher Daniel Twitty of Sumter, and third baseman Todd Mattox of Winnsboro – and a high school senior – right-handed pitcher Dylan Kuehne of Surfside Beach – to national letters of intent.
Hanna and Twitty come to the Patriots from USC Sumter, while Mattox recently played at USC Lancaster. All three will have two years of eligibility at Francis Marion.
Tennis inks South African
Francis Marion University men’s tennis coach Garth Thomson has announced the signing of Liam Day of Edenvale, South Africa, to a national letter of intent.
Day, 5-6, is a graduate of St. Benedicts College, where he played for coach Earl Grainger.
He served as captain in 2018 and played first-team from 2015 to 2018. He earned full colours in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and participated in the South African Inter-Provincial Tournament from 2013 through 2018.