FLORENCE, S.C. - Senior centerfielder Sherquita Bostick (Florence, S.C.) of the Georgia College & State University softball team (30-20) made her homecoming an exciting one already, taking her second-straight Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Player of the Year honor yesterday at the PBC softball awards banquet. Bostick leads the four Georgia College selections to the All-PBC teams this season.
Bostick and senior pitcher Mandy Chandler (Covington, Ga.) earned first-team nods, while senior first baseman Tonya Medders (Bascom, Fla.) and freshman catcher Anna Parker (Columbus, Ga.) were named to the second team.
Bostick becomes only the second PBC player ever to win the Player of the Year award for a second time and the first to do so in consecutive seasons. Armstrong Atlantic State's Annie Sells received the award in 2000 and 2002. Bostick hit .370 for the Lady Bobcats this season with 10 home runs, 38 RBIs and a .756 slugging percentage, as she picks up her second PBC Player of the Year trophy in as many seasons in the Peach Belt.
The senior from Florence, S.C., led the league in total bases and triples, was second in home runs, was second in slugging percentage, third in RBIs and 10th in batting average. She was named an NFCA second-team All-American last year and the 2008 PBC Tournament MVP. Bostick's honor brings the Player of the Year award to GCSU for the third time in the last four years; Keidra Baitey (2006-07) won it in 2006.
Chandler went 25-11 with a 1.84 ERA and 379 strikeouts in 247 innings this season, breaking the single season mark in strikeouts for the PBC. Chandler also snapped the career marks in the conference for wins and strikeouts this season. Medders hit .333 with a home run and 25 RBI, while Parker hit .226 with seven home runs and 24 RBI, scoring 24 times.
The Bobcats are back in action today, April 17 at 1:30 p.m. traveling to the PBC Tournament in Florence, S.C. As the No. 2 seed, Georgia College will face the winner of No. 7-seed Francis Marion University and No. 10-seed Lander University. Follow all of the Bobcat games in the PBC Tournament on WGUR at 88.9FM or www.gcsuradio.com .
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