May 18, 2010

Georgia College to Rally Thursday for Bobcats World Series Send Off

Georgia College & State University plans a send-off rally Thursday for its Regional Champion Bobcat Baseball team as it embarks for Cary, N.C. and the NCAA Division II World Series.

A university and community rally will be held at noon on Thursday in front of the Paw Prints bookstore in the Maxwell Student Union Building near the front campus, with President Dorothy Leland, Athletic Director Wendell Staton and Coach Tom Carty providing the send-off remarks. Thunder the Bobcat mascot and Georgia College cheerleaders will participate, while the Student Government Association will provide balloons.

"This is an exciting achievement for our Bobcat baseball team and we want all of our players to know that they take the hearts and spirit of Georgia College with them as they compete for the national championship," said President Leland. "Come out and show your support for these great student-athletes!"

Georgia College students, faculty and staff, as well as community members, are encouraged to wear blue and green for the event.

Earning a berth in the eight-team World Series competition for the first time since 1995, the Bobcats will take on nationally top-ranked UC-San Diego at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The World Series Bobcat games will be broadcast locally on 102.3FM or 1450AM, and on the internet at www.country102fm.com. The full schedule is still incomplete, but the Bobcats will play again on Monday.

Last Sunday, the ninth ranked Bobcats (39-15) blanked sixth-ranked Francis Marion University (40-14) 9-0 in the regional championship game of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament. This is the second regional baseball championship in Georgia College history.

"The guys played great baseball for four days, good team baseball," said Head Coach Tom Carty in just his third season as Bobcat skipper. "We knew we were capable of this back in August, and we just kept working toward getting at this level. Having a chance to get to the World Series has been a goal, and now we have the opportunity to win a National Championship."