Sam Pope Signs with Berry College

MACON, Ga. – First Presbyterian Day School senior baseball player Sam Pope signed a national letter of intent to play collegiate baseball with Berry College today, May 15.

The signing is the second this season for the FPD baseball team. Sam Joyce signed earlier this season, also with Berry.

Pope played a pivotal role in the Viking lineup during the 2013 season, garnering multiple hits and anchoring the third base bag.

“He (Pope) played great offensively and defensively for us in his four years at FPD,” head coach Jim Turner said. “He always showed up and was ready to play.”

As a senior, Pope posted a .395 batting average, tallying 34 hits with 20 RBI. He also scored 35 runs.

At the hot corner in 2013, Pope committed just six errors, good for a .902 fielding percentage.

Pope also led the Vikings into the GHSA State Playoffs this past season, helping the team win its first round series over Christian Heritage in two games. In the playoffs, the right-handed-hitter went 5-for-14 and scored three runs.

He is not limited to just baseball, though. The multi-sport athlete competed in basketball for FPD throughout the years and averaged two points per game his senior season.

Pope’s signing marks the tenth FPD senior that has signed collegiately this year.

Turner is excited to see he and Joyce playing together at the next level.

“I think it will be great that he and Sam Joyce can play together in what has been a lifelong commitment to baseball,” Turner said.

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics, home to multiple region and state championships in both the GISA and GHSA, strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while continuing to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory. Now a member of the GHSA, the Vikings have continued to provide FPD athletes, coaches, fans and spectators a positive, Christian environment on a daily basis. For more information, visit and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by visiting