FMU hurlers named to PBC All-Academic Team

FMU hurlers named to PBC All-Academic Team

Francis Marion University senior right-handed pitcher Chance DuCharme and sophomore southpaw Arien Seymour have been named to the 2017 Peach Belt Conference Baseball All-Academic Team.

A native of Kill Devil Hills, N.C., DuCharme has a 3.73 grade point average as a sociology major with a minor in business. This is the third time he has earned this academic honor, previously being named in 2016 and 2014.

DuCharme is a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society as well as Psi Chi, Phi Kappa Phi, and Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) honor societies. He has been named to the PBC Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor rolls on every possible occasion during his time at Francis Marion, and has garnered a Division II ADA Academic Achievement Award each of the past three years.

On the mound, DuCharme was named his squad's most valuable player for 2017.  He posted a 4-4 record with a 2.78 earned run average and ranked among the national leaders in games started with 13.  He struck out 74 batters in 77.2 innings pitched.  He also tied the Patriot career record for pitching appearances with 64.

DuCharme is a product of First Flight High School.

A native of Nassau, Bahamas, Seymour is majoring in biology and has a 3.59 GPA. He is also a member of Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society and has been named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll twice and the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll each of his five semesters. He received a Division II ADA Academic Achievement Award in 2016.

Seymour made 17 appearances (4 starts) this past season and registered a 2-0 mark with a 4.11 ERA.  He fanned 29 batters in 35 innings of work. 

He is a product of Linsly High School in Wheeling, W.V. He joined the FMU program as a walk-on in 2014 and was redshirted during the 2015 season.

Francis Marion ended its 2017 campaign with a 29-19 record.

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 14 member institutions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama.  In its short history, the conference boasts 36 NCAA Division II national championships.