Former Francis Marion University right-handed pitcher Chance DuCharme has sign a contract with the Lake Erie Crushers of the independent Frontier League.
The 12-team Frontier League features teams in seven states and has a schedule that runs from mid-May through early September.
This past season at FMU, DuCharme 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, and was named his squad's most valuable player for 2017 as the Patriots ended the season with a 29-19 record.
DuCharme also tied the Patriot career record for pitching appearances with 64.
A native of Kill Devil Hills, N.C., DuCharme was a double major in sociology and psychology and graduated magna cum laude with a BS degree this past May.
He was named to the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Team three times and was a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma, Psi Chi, Phi Kappa Phi, and Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) honor societies. He was named to the PBC Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor rolls on every possible occasion during his time at Francis Marion, and garnered a Division II ADA Academic Achievement Award three times.
DuCharme joins four other former Patriots playing professionally. Former pitchers Brandon Cook and Matt Kelley are both in their second seasons with the Tucson Saguaros of the independent Pecos League and former FMU outfielder JD Crowe is in his first year with the State College Spikes, an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals in the Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League. Former Patriot right-hander Patrick Mincey is playing for the Cleburne (TX) Railroaders of the American Association.
DuCharme is a product of First Flight High School.