FMU softball inks Tennessee outfielder

FMU softball inks Tennessee outfielder

Francis Marion University softball coach Stacey Vallee has announced that outfielder Hannah Marlar of Springfield, Tenn., will transfer to FMU for the 2020 season.

Marlar joins the Patriot program after playing two seasons at Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee.  This past season, the left-handed batter hit .279 with 32 runs scored, seven doubles, three triples, three home runs, and a team-high 48 runs batted in.  She registered a .355 on-base percentage and was a perfect 9-for-9 in stolen bases.  She helped lead the Pioneers to a 28-18 mark while earning second team All-TCCAA (Tennessee Community College Athletic Association) honors for the second consecutive year.

As a freshman, she again led the Pioneers in RBIs with 45, while batting .371 with 37 runs scored, eight doubles, four triples, and four homers.  She posted a .458 on-base percentage and was 13-for-17 in stolen base attempts as Vol State went 33-13.

Defensively, she recorded eight outfield assists in her two seasons.

Marlar is a graduate of Beech High School, where she played under the direction of coaches Monica Braswell and Alan Banks. She earned first-team All-County accolades in 2016, was a Tennessee Softball Coaches Association (TSCA) All-Star in 2017, and was chosen her high school's Co-MVP as a senior.

"We are excited to add Hannah to our roster for the 2020 season," Vallee said.  "She comes to us with the ability to drive in runs with extra base hits as well as possessing speed on the base paths. She will add immediate collegiate experience to our outfield.  She has the speed to cover a lot of ground, as well as having the fundamental knowledge of what it takes to be successful at that position. She adds to the great incoming class we have this year that will replace the losses we had with our 2019 senior class. We can't wait to see what she will do over the next two years."

Marlar becomes the 12th addition to the Patriot program for the 2019-20 school year.

This past season, Francis Marion posted a 31-19 mark and placed sixth during the Peach Belt Conference regular season.