April 13, 2011

Bobcat Baseball Holding Spots in National Rankings

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College baseball team (25-14, 9-9 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. 23 position in the College Baseball Lineup top-30.

In the College Baseball Lineup Division II Rankings, the Bobcats fell from No. 14 to 23. The University of West Florida owns the top spot in this list. Five PBC schools are listed, led by Francis Marion University at No. 5. UNC Pembroke is No. 10, with Columbus State University No. 13 and Armstrong Atlantic at No. 18.

The Bobcats are at No. 24 in the CBN poll, as UWF owns the No. 1 spot. Five Peach Belt Conference (PBC) schools are on the list of 30, as No. 7 UNCP leads the way. FMU takes No. 12, followed by No. 19 CSU and No. 20 AASU.

The Bobcats are led at the plate by senior rightfielder Shawn Ward (Evans, Ga.) hitting .401 with six home runs and a team-best 51 RBI. Ward’s RBI total ranks ninth in all of Division II. Shortstop Tanner Funk’s (Kearney, Mo.) doubles total puts him fifth in the nation with 18. The team is also fifth in the nation in doubles (95) and GC’s 31 home runs hit ranks 19th.

Sophomore lefty Mike Guinane (Glenview, Ill.) is an impressive 7-1 with a 3.32 ERA and 43 strikeouts over 10 starts. Guinane ranks 13th in DII in wins, while Tanner Moore’s (Thomasville, Ga.) six saves is 15th.

The Bobcats are 16th in Division II in runs scored at 8.1 per game, but rank 121st in ERA (5.07).

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, April 16 at 1 p.m. for doubleheader action against the University of Montevallo (17-20, 6-12 PBC) at John Kurtz Field. Saturday's event will be Alumni Day, with special recognition for the 1981 Colonial team.

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