FORT MYERS, Fla.- The baseball pipeline from Southwest Florida to Western Pennsylvania will continue next year as Florida SouthWestern righthander Marc Davis has signed to continue his academic and playing career at the University of Pittsburgh next season, making it the second straight year a Buc baseball player has signed with the Panthers.
Davis was a workhorse out of the FSW bullpen as a freshman in 2019, pitching in a team high 21 contests, all in relief. He posted a 1-1 record with a save, registering a sparkling 2.96 ERA for the Bucs. The eye popping number on Davis' stat line came in the strikeout compartment where the Lilburn, Georgia native punched out 41 opposing hitters in 24 1/3 innings of work, good for a team best 15.16 strikeouts per nine. Davis' best outing last season came when the Bucs needed him most as he went 2 innings striking out 6 to nail down FSW's first Suncoast Conference Championship in school history on the final day of the regular season.
At season's end, Davis was a 38th round draft pick of the Chicago Cubs, before electing to return to FSW.
Davis will join former Buc Mitch Myers with the Panthers in 2021. A season ago Pitt finished 21-34 overall and went 8-22 in ACC action.
Davis is the third Buc to sign at the Division I level this season, joining Mason Adams (Jacksonville) and Connor Bagnieski (Radford) and is the 15th Division I signee for the FSW baseball program since Head Coach Ben Bizier took over last season.