DALLAS – The Georgia College & State University baseball team had one of the most successful seasons in recent memory in 2010, and was recognized by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) by putting three student-athletes on the organization’s All-America teams. Outfielder Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) earned third team distinction, while starting pitcher Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany) and outfielder Shawn Ward (Martinez, Ga.) took honorable mention.
Harrell hit .440 for the Bobcats this season as a mainstay in centerfield and the No. 2 spot in the batting order. He scored 82 runs, drove in 55 and ripped 11 home runs as well. The senior ripped 17 doubles and also stole 23 bases. Harrell earned a slot on the Daktronics All-America Third Team as well this season.
Dewald was the lone Bobcat to earn a spot on all three organization’s All-America teams this season, taking ABCA/Rawlings Second Team and Daktronics Third Team. He finished the season 12-3 with a 3.26 ERA and 125 strikeouts over 121 1/3 innings. He tallied an amazing nine complete games with four shutouts. The hard throwing righty was also named an NCBWA Honorable Mention All-American in 2009 as a relief pitcher.
Ward hit .358 in his first season with the Bobcats, swatting 16 home runs and driving in a team-best 87 runs. The junior rightfielder posted 18 doubles and also scored 55 runs.
The 2010 Bobcats had a dream season, finishing 42-17, winning the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship, the NCAA Southeast Region Championship, and advancing to the Division II World Series, where they finished third. Head coach Tom Carty was named both the PBC and NCBWA Region Coach of the Year. Outfielders Harrell and Ward joined starting pitcher Dewald as All-Americans.
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