MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College baseball team (18-5, 4-2 PBC) and head coach Tom Carty have earned spots in the top-10 of all three national polls released this week. The highest spot GC owns is the No. 3 position in the College Baseball Lineup top-30.
The Bobcats fell from first to third in the CBL poll, giving way for new No. 1 Mount Olive College. Six Peach Belt Conference (PBC) schools are on the list of 30, as No. 12 UNC Pembroke is second. Armstrong Atlantic goes from being unranked to No. 14, followed by No. 15 Columbus State University and No. 27 North Georgia.
In the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division II Rankings, the Bobcats are No. 5. Undefeated Emporia State University takes over the top spot in this list. Seven PBC schools are listed, again led by the Bobcats. UNCP is No. 7, with North Georgia No. 11 and Lander University at No. 15. AASU is No. 16, Francis Marion University No. 24 and CSU No. 28.
In the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Top-25, GC falls from second to seventh. Just three PBC schools made the top-25, as the Bobcats lead No. 12 UNCP and No. 24 AASU.
The Bobcats are led at the plate by senior rightfielder Shawn Ward (Evans, Ga.) hitting a cool .390 with a team-best 32 RBI. Lefthanded sophomore Mike Guinane (Glenview, Ill.) leads the team from the hill at 4-0 with a 2.96 ERA over five starts.
Georgia College baseball is back in action Friday, March 18 at 6 p.m., hosting Columbus State for Youth Baseball Night at John Kurtz Field.
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