MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Riding the strength of a trip to the 2010 Division II College World Series, the Georgia College baseball program and head coach Tom Carty have signed three junior college student-athletes, one of whom will begin playing in the upcoming spring season.
Joining the Bobcats for spring 2011 will be lefthanded pitcher Mike Guinane. The Glenview, Ill. native comes to Milledgeville from John A. Logan Community College in his home state, where he played for Jerry Halstead. While playing for the Vols, Guinane went 7-4 with a 3.82 ERA. The 6-foot-4 lefty fanned 59 and allowed 71 hits over 66 innings.
“Mike will join the Bobcats this Spring,” said Carty. “Mike has experience pitching for a quality junior college program and comes to us with three remaining years of eligibility. Getting another lefty at the break for the 2011 season will be a plus for our program.”
Joining the Bobcats next year will be Darin Wiltgen, a righthanded pitcher from Sparks, Nev. Wiltgen currently competes for Mesa Community College (Ariz.), under head coach Tony Cirelli. A 6-foot-4 righty, Wiltgen went 4-1 with a 2.85 ERA for the Thunderbirds, walking just seven and surrendering 40 hits over 41 innings for a 32-24 team.
“Darin has a loose arm and a great pitching body to work with,” reveals Carty. “He will be a top guy for Mesa again this year and we expect him to help us fill our needs on the mound for 2012 season.”
Also coming in 2012 is Hayden Martin a lefthanded pitcher from the Peach State, Valdosta, Ga. Martin battled a leg injury at Chattahoochee Valley Community College (Ala.) last season, playing for Adam Thomas. Martin threw 15 innings, helping the Pirates to a 41-6 record.
“We really like Hayden’s arm strength from the left side,” said Carty. “We will need to add more left handed pitching for next season and Hayden fills a void with experience pitching in a winning junior college program.”
The 2011 campaign begins Feb. 4 at 3 p.m., when the Bobcats start the season at the University of Tampa, a fellow 2010 NCAA Division II World Series participant.
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