MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – Head coach Jason Eller and the Georgia College baseball team (35-13) buzzed through the recent Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament last weekend, winning their third PBC Tournament title in the last five years. The Bobcats hope momentum continues this week, as Georgia College will start play at the NCAA Southeast Regional.
The Bobcats took the No. 6-seed in the regional and start with the same opponent from the secont day of action at the PBC Tournament in No. 3-seed and national No. 17 USC Aiken. Action against the Pacers starts Thursday, May 18 at 11 a.m.
Fresh off PBC Tournament MVP honors, senior shortstop Brandon Benson (Loganville, Georgia) led a potent Bobcat offense that paces the country in runs scored (9.9 per game) and batting average (.361). Benson is a .398 hitter with 22 home runs and 75 RBI.
Third baseman Cal Gentry (Perry, Georgia) is a .438 hitter, posting 14 extra-base hits and 56 runs scored. Along with Benson and Gentry, outfielders Logan Mattix (Loganville, Georgia) and Wesley Wommack (Monroe, Georgia) as well as catcher Brandon Purcell (Glennville, Georgia) and reliever Grant Khan (Richmond, Texas) also each earned slots on the All-PBC Teams.
Georgia College advances to the school's 13th appearance in an NCAA Regional. The Bobcats have taken the Regional Championship twice, advancing to the World Series in 2010 and 1995.
The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on social media for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.