Francis Marion University senior shortstop CJ Mackinson has been named to the 2019 Peach Belt Conference Baseball All-Academic Team. The Patriots also learned their schedule for this week's PBC Tournament in St. Augustine, Fla.
A native of Sykesville, Md., Mackinson owns a perfect 4.0 grade point average as a management major. On the field this season, he has started every game and is batting .263 with seven doubles, three home runs, and 26 runs batted in. He has registered 14 multi-hit games and six multi-RBI games. He ranks seventh in the PBC with 126 fielding assists and has taken part in turning 33 double plays – second-best in the conference.
Mackinson received the Management Award (from the School of Business) at the 2019 FMU Academic Awards Day ceremony. 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 Honor Roll and the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll on every possible occasion, and is currently serving on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
As a junior in 2018, he was a second-team All-Conference selection and earned Patriot Team MVP honors.
He played two seasons at Frederick Community College before transferring to FMU. He was a first-team All-County and a second-team All-Metro selection at Century High School.
Francis Marion (27-19) will be the seventh-seed for the PBC Tournament and will play host and second-seed Flagler College (29-21) on Friday at 5 p.m. The tournament consists of pool play with FMU also facing sixth-seeded Columbus State University (30-18) on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and third-seeded USC Aiken (29-21) in Saturday's night-cap at 8:30 p.m.
The team with the best record during pool play will advance to Sunday's championship game at 1 p.m., also on Flagler's Drysdale Field.
Daily admission will be $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens, children under 12, military members, and faculty and staff members. Students with valid PBC-member school ID cards will be admitted free.
FMU took two of three games from Flagler during the regular-season, while splitting two contests with CSU and dropping two of three games with USCA. The Patriots finished tied with Columbus State for sixth place in the PBC, but the Cougars earned the higher seed because of conference tiebreakers.
The other pool includes top-seeded University of North Georgia (32-18), fourth-seeded Young Harris College (32-18), fifth-seeded Georgia College (25-19), and eighth-seeded Georgia Southwestern State University (21-29).
The All-Academic teams are part of a season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field of play. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must participate in at least half of his team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor, achieve a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and have completed at least one full academic year at his current institution.
Founded in 1991, the Peach Belt consists of 12 member institutions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. In its short history, the conference boasts 35 NCAA Division II national championships.
Friday, May 10
St. Augustine, Fla.
10 am - #8 Georgia Southwestern at #1 North Georgia
1:30 pm - #5 Georgia College at #4 Young Harris
5 pm - #7 Francis Marion at #2 Flagler
8:30 pm - #6 Columbus State at #3 USC Aiken
Saturday, May 11
10 am - #8 Georgia Southwestern at #5 Georgia College
1:30 pm - #4 Young Harris at #8 Georgia Southwestern
5 pm - #5 Georgia College at #1 North Georgia
8:30 pm - #1 North Georgia at #4 Young Harris
St. Augustine, Fla.
10 am - #3 USC Aiken at #2 Flagler
1:30 pm - #6 Columbus State at #7 Francis Marion
5 pm - #2 Flagler at #6 Columbus State
8:30 pm - #7 Francis Marion at #3 USC Aiken
Sunday, May 12
St. Augustine, Fla.
1 pm – Championship Game