June 3, 2011

Funk, Ward Named All-American by ABCA

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CARY, N.C. – Junior shortstop Tanner Funk (Kearney, Mo.) and senior outfielder Shawn Ward (Evans, Ga.) of the Georgia College baseball team were named to the Rawlings/American Baseball  Coaches Association (ABCA) Division II All-America teams, the organization announced recently.

Funk picked up a spot on the first team, while Ward took a third-team nod.

In his first year with the Bobcats, Funk was second on the team in hitting at .393 with two home runs and 54 RBI. He also led the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) in doubles with 20. He slugged .520 and scored 45 runs. He becomes the third shortstop to take ABCA All-America honors for GC and the first since Mike DeVeaux (2005-06) in 2006.

The PBC Co-Player of the Year, Ward put up gaudy numbers in 2011. A .398 hitter, Ward paced the PBC in RBI at 61, adding a slugging percentage of .612 and 49 runs scored. Ward is the sixth GC outfielder to be named All-America by the ABCA. The most recent was Justin Mills (2004-07) in 2007.

All-time, GC student-athletes have now earned 15 All-America honors through the ABCA organization.

The Bobcat baseball team went 35-17 in 2011, a season that saw them hold down the No. 1 spot in the country for two weeks. The Bobcats finished second in the PBC West, honoring three all-region players, and a pair of All-Americans in Funk and Ward.

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