Pats add baseball, softball transfers to rosters
Francis Marion’s athletics department recently announced the additions of several transfer players to the Patriots’ baseball and softball rosters for the 2019-20 seasons.
Baseball coach Art Inabinet announced the signing of three junior college transfers – infielder Tyler Mangum of Durham, N.C., first baseman Darius Nobles of Greenville, N.C., and right-handed pitcher Bailey Wendel of Oviedo, Fla. – to national letters of intent to attend FMU this fall.
Softball coach Stacey Vallee has announced her team has also added a pair of junior college transfers to its roster - middle infielders Brooke Ward of Manning and Bailey Perdue of Clayton, N.C.
Mangum arrives at FMU from USC Sumter. He will join 2019 USC Sumter teammates Vince Hanna and Daniel Twitty as newcomers on the 2020 squad. Mangum hit .313 with a team-high 12 doubles for the 31-22 Fire Ants this past season.
“Tyler is very athletic and can play any of the infield positions,” Inabinet said. “His versatility will allow him to challenge for any of a number of starting positions, and he could hit anywhere from third to sixth in our line-up.”
Nobles, who played at Louisburg College last year, batted .292 with five doubles, eight home runs, and 30 RBIs in 2019. He served as team captain and recorded a .566 slugging percentage and a .400 on-base percentage, while fielding at a .980 clip over 203 chances.
At Eastern Florida State, Wendel notched a 3-0 mark with one save and a 3.34 earned run average in 15 appearances this past spring. Opponents hit only .173 against him and he struck out 46 batters in only 35 innings for a nine-inning average of 11.83. He helped lead the Titans to a 31-20 record.
All three will have two years of eligibility at Francis Marion.
Ward comes to FMU from USC Sumter, where she played for the past two seasons. As a sophomore, she batted .325 with 25 runs scored, seven doubles, a triple, and 26 runs batted in, while also stealing eight bases in nine attempts. She made seven appearances in the pitching circle and recorded a 1-0 mark.
Perdue played last season at Louisburg College and batted .402 with 41 runs scored in 48 contests and 11 doubles, four triples, and 19 RBIs. She registered a .474 on-base percentage and was a perfect 14-of-14 in stolen bases.
Vallee previously announced the addition of nine players for 2019: catcher-outfielder Sarah Harkins of Waxhaw, N.C.; middle infielder/outfielder Jaiden Kiser of Maiden, N.C., catcher-third baseman Kyla Koch of Chapin; infielder Megan Matsil of Indian Trail, N.C.; outfielder and corner infielder Carson Shannon of Bishopville; outfielder/catcher Alexus Shreve of Moncks Corner; and right-handed pitchers Rachel Davis of Mechanicsville, Va., Madison Lamb of Cades, and Savana Rossen of Leesville.