Francis Marion University baseball coach Art Inabinet has announced that corner infielder Nick Pappas, originally from Columbia, will join the Patriot program in January and suit up for the Patriots in 2019.
Pappas, a 6-3 220-pound left-handed hitter, played two seasons at the College of Charleston and will have two years to play for the Patriots.
As a sophomore with the Cougars in 2015, he led the squad in hitting with a .337 batting average, while hitting 12 home runs and driving in 57 runs. He also led the College of Charleston in hits (84), doubles (28) slugging percentage (.610) and total bases (152), while earning second-team All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Team recognition.
Three of his homers came in the Tallahassee (Fla.) NCAA Division I Regional, where the Cougars (45-15) reached the title game and he was named to the All-Regional Team. He also garnered second-team ABCA/Rawlings Atlantic All-Region accolades.
As a freshman, he was named to the Baseball America Freshman All-America first-team as well as the CAA All-Rookie Team. He batted .269 in 55 games and registered 53 hits with 12 doubles, five home runs, and 26 RBIs. He slugged .406 with a .321 on-base percentage and recorded a .993 fielding percentage with over 400 chances. He posted 12 multi-hit games and went 4-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored in the CAA championship game, which contributed to his inclusion on the CAA All-Tournament Team.
Pappas was a three-time All-Region selection at Dutch Fork High School, where he played for coach Jonathan Johnson. He was named to the All-State Team in 2013 and was selected to play in the SC-NC Select All-Star Game. He ranked as the fifth-best first baseman in the Palmetto State according to the Diamond Prospects Class of 2013. As a senior, he hit .520 with six homers, 29 RBIs, and 32 runs scored.
He was also a member of the Dutch Fork Hunting and Fishing Club.
"After a couple of years away from the diamond, Nick has gotten the urge to resume his collegiate playing career," said Inabinet. "We are looking for this addition to win us some games, while at the same time allow a young man the opportunity to finish his college degree. He will be reunited with former COC teammate Blake Butler who is now a member of our FMU coaching staff.
"Nick possesses all the tools, and has the potential to be one of the best offensive players to ever play at Francis Marion."
Francis Marion will open its 2019 campaign at home on Feb. 1 with a 5 p.m. contest against Southern Wesleyan University.