May 16, 2013

Special Feature: Bobcats Believe “Team Effort” Led to PBC Championship Victory

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - After a stunning appearance where Georgia College baseball (33-17) went undefeated in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament en route to the school's first PBC Tournament title last week, they are prepared to take on USC Aiken in the NCAA Division II Southeastern Regional Tournament Wednesday.

When asked about the team's motivation to win every game, sophomore first baseman and All-PBC second team honoree Clay Ardeeser gave a nod to wanting to show the true capability of the Bobcat squad.

"After a disappointing season last year, we wanted to get back into postseason play like we have in the past," he said. "Coming into this winning program and not making it to regionals last year was tough."

Jake Sandlin, All-PBC selection and freshman outfielder, pointed to pitching staff as a key element in the team's success.

"Justin Blue pitched a complete game and 5-0 shutout," he said. "John Clark was awesome in the game against (UNC) Pembroke. Really, it was a team effort."

Junior shortstop Daniel Bick the school's all-conference first team honoree believes that the team has taken everyone by surprise this year.

"We didn't know who our starters were after losing so many [players] last year," he revealed.

Now, it is certain, however, that the Bobcats know their starters and are ready to continue the full team effort this Thursday in Mt. Olive, N.C. as they take on the USC Aiken Pacers to try to to advance through regional play. 

The team has won conference titles in 2006, 2007, and 2010, but this year, the Bobcats rebounded from a difficult late stretch to their season, showing the conference that they play as a team. Game time is set for 3 p.m. this Thursday and may be viewed online at www.ncaa.com. 

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