MARSHALL, Minn. – The 2010 Daktronics, Inc., NCAA Division II All-America baseball team was announced recently, with two players from No. 4 Georgia College & State University (39-16) taking third team honors. Starting pitcher Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany) joined outfielder Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) on the team voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA).
Dewald, a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Honorable Mention All-American closer in 2009, made the move to a starting role this season, and pulled it off to the tune of 2010 Daktronics Southeast Region Pitcher of the Year accolades. Dewald is 11-3 after opening the College World Series Saturday night with a complete-game heartbreaker loss. He owns a 3.53 ERA and 117 strikeouts over 112 1/3 innings. Dewald has eight complete games on the year now, including three shutouts.
Harrell is hitting .444 with 11 home runs and 54 RBI, adding a team-high 77 runs scored. He is slugging second on the team at .708 and adds a .522 on-base percentage to go with 20 stolen bases.
The pair marks the first Daktronics All-Americans for Georgia College baseball since Justin Mills (2003-07) earned a spot on the 2007 squad. Georgia College student-athletes have now earned 16 All-American trophies in school history.
The Bobcats are back in action Monday, facing No. 2 University of Tampa at 3 p.m. at the Division II College World Series.
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