April 8, 2011

Bobcat Baseball Remains in Nation’s Elite

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College baseball team (24-11, 9-6 PBC) and head coach Tom Carty have kept spots in two of the three national polls released this week. The highest spot GC owns is the No. 9 position in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper top-30.

The Bobcats maintained the third slot in the CBN poll, as the University of West Florida takes over the No. 1 spot. Five Peach Belt Conference (PBC) schools are on the list of 30, as No. 11 Armstrong Atlantic is second. UNC Pembroke takes No. 12, followed by No. 15 Francis Marion University and No. 29 Columbus State University.

In the College Baseball Lineup Division II Rankings, the Bobcats fell to No. 14. UWF also owns the top spot in this list. Five PBC schools are listed, this time led by FMU at No. 5. UNCP is No. 11, with Armstrong Atlantic No. 13 and CSU at No. 17.

GC fell out of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Top-25 for the first time this season.

The Bobcats are led at the plate by senior rightfielder Shawn Ward (Evans, Ga.) hitting a cool .415 with four home runs and a team-best 47 RBI. Ward’s RBI total ranks fifth in all of Division II. Shortstop Tanner Funk’s (Kearney, Mo.) doubles total puts him fourth in the nation with 17. The team’s 28 home runs hit ranks 18th.

Sophomore lefty Mike Guinane (Glenview, Ill.) is an impressive 7-0 with a 3.47 ERA and 37 strikeouts over nine starts. Guinane ranks seventh in DII in wins, while Tanner Moore’s (Thomasville, Ga.) six saves is 14th.

The Bobcats are ninth in Division II in runs scored at 8.5 per game, but rank 107th in ERA (4.75).

Georgia College baseball is back in action Saturday, April 9 at 1 p.m., taking on UNCP in a crucial PBC doubleheader.

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