Patriots gain services of Hokie outfielder

Florence, SC - From Francis Marion University:

FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University baseball coach Art Inabinet has announced that junior outfielder Buddy Sosnoskie of Statesville, NC, is transferring from Virginia Tech to FMU and will join the Patriot program this fall.

Sosnoskie, 6-1 and 183-pounds, played two seasons at Virginia Tech after being redshirted during the 2008 season to recover from shoulder surgery.

This past spring, he batted .347 with a team-leading 13 home runs, 10 doubles, 46 runs scored, and 48 runs batted in.  He ranked 14th in the ACC in home runs and 19th in batting average.  He registered a .609 slugging percentage, 15th-best in the ACC, as the Hokies posted a 40-22 record and made their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2000.  He was named to the All-Regional Team at the Columbia, SC, regional.

Following the season he was named to the 2010 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) University Division All-State Team.

Sosnsoskie also provided one of the 2010 season's biggest hits, clubbing a three-run double with two outs in the ninth to lift Virginia Tech over No. 1 Virginia on April 18.

He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 25th round of Major League Baseball's 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

After recovering from his post-high school surgery, he hit .234 as a freshman in 2009 with a homer and 10 RBIs in 32 games.

He was a two-time first-team All-State selection at Notre Dame Academy in Middleburg, Va., and helped lead his squad to three consecutive Virginia Independent School state titles.

"Buddy is a five-tool player who will make an immediate impact on our program," said Inabinet.  "This is a huge pick-up for us.  He will hit in the three-hole in our order and play in the outfield."

Francis Marion finished 2010 with a 40-14 record and a No.10 national ranking.  The Patriots hosted and finished second at the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional.