by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
MARTINEZ, Ga. – The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) recently released its baseball All-Academic teams with the No. 4 Georgia College & State University baseball program (41-16) claiming three positions.
The Bobcats landed a trio of seniors on the all-academic squads with pitcher Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany) and centerfielder Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) taking first team honors, while infielder Brett George (Dacula, Ga.) received a second team nod. Dewald posted a 3.34 GPA, majoring in marketing with a minor in international business. Harrell held a 3.24 in biology, while George led the ‘Cats with a 3.53 in health education.
The PBC All-Academic teams are part of a season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of Peach Belt student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team’s events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.20 cumulative grade pot average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution. The conference’s sports information directors oversee and select the teams.
In just the second year of the all-academic program, Harrell is the only two-time selection for the Bobcats after claiming a spot on the second team in 2009.
Dewald, Harrell, George and the rest of the Bobcats are back in action Thursday, taking on No. 9 University of Southern Indiana at 3 p.m. for day six of the Division II World Series in Cary, N.C.
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