January 25, 2009

Two Bobcats Make Conference Preseason Softball Team

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.- Seniors Sherquita Bostick (Florence, S.C.) and Mandy Chandler (Covington, Ga.) of the Georgia College & State University softball team were listed in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Preseason All-Conference Team announced Friday, Jan. 23 by the league.

Eleven athletes were picked for the team from the conference's 10 member schools. PBC sports information directors nominated and selected the members of preseason team. Francis Marion University, No. 2 in the conference preseason poll, was the big winner with three honorees while Georgia College, North Georgia and UNC Pembroke each had two picks. USC Aiken and Armstrong Atlantic State each walked away with one player on the team.

For the Bobcats, Bostick slid into the preseason team line-up as an outfielder. She was named as the 2008 PBC Player of the Year and the 2008 PBC Tournament MVP. The senior was a second-team All-American in 2008 hitting .379 with 44 runs scored and 27 RBIs. Bostick also hit seven home runs and four triples last season while stealing 20 bases.

With a 0.98 ERA last year, Chandler was an obvious choice for the conference's preseason team. The Bobcat ace went 25-9 in 2008 with 311 strikeouts over 236.2 innings, leading the league in strikeouts. She is currently sixth on the PBC's all-time career victories list with 80 so far and third on the all-time strikeout list and looks to top both returning for her senior year.

The Bobcats open their season in Aiken, S.C. at the Early Bird Tournament, Saturday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. against Charleston University (W.Va.). The Georgia College home opener is Saturday, Feb. 14 with a doubleheader against Wingate University beginning at noon.

Visit www2.GCSU.edu/Bobcats to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame. The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement.