FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University baseball coach Art Inabinet has announced the signing of outfielder Mitch Long of Lebanon, Pa. Long is currently preparing for his sophomore season at Frederick Community College and will have two years of eligibility after enrolling at FMU this fall.
As a freshman at Frederick, he earned All-Region honors while batting .336 with 43 runs scored, 12 doubles, seven triples, three home runs, and 29 runs batted in. He also registered seven stolen bases and posted a .472 on-base percentage (bolstered by 36 walks in 48 games) and a .591 slugging percentage as the Cougars went 36-17 and reached the NJCAA Region XX Final Four.
He was an All-League, All-County, All-Section, and All-MidPenn performer in 2017 at Annville-Cleona High School, where he played for coaches Scott Shyda and Mike Miller. As a senior, he hit .483 with five homers and 30 RBIs, while stealing 12 bases in 13 attempts. He also scored 26 runs in 22 contests and posted a 7-1 pitching mark with a 1.07 earned run average and 62 strikeouts (and only 10 walks) in just 52.1 innings of work. He was named the Lebanon County Male Athlete of the Year.
He was also an All-Section pick as a junior and a sophomore.
"Mitch is very athletic and possesses several tools, including good speed," Inabinet said. "He will have a chance to step in and play right away (in 2020), most specifically in center field, and his left-handed bat will have a chance to find its way into the middle of our order."
The current Patriot squad, now 2-1, will play at Newberry College on Tuesday at 5 p.m., before opening Peach Belt Conference play at Augusta University this weekend, Feb. 9-10.
Inabinet previously announced the signing of three high school seniors: left-handed pitcher Noah Henderson of Dillon, S.C., outfielder Carson Jones of Fort Mill, S.C., and corner infielder/outfielder/right-handed pitcher Thomas Umphlett of Charlotte, N.C.