FLORENCE, S.C. – The Georgia College & State University softball team (13-32, 5-15 PBC) and head coach Ginger Chaffinch put a pair of players on the All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Second Team, the conference office announced Thursday night at its end of year banquet. First Baseman Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) and outfielder Belourse Jean-Francis (Naples, Fla.) both earned All-PBC honors for the first time.
Burnett hit .369 with eight home runs and 31 RBI in 2010, swatting nine doubles for a .667 slugging percentage. She had six multi-RBI games, including a 2-for-4 effort with four RBI and a home run against Lynn University to start the season Feb. 7.
She also posted a great doubleheader at Armstrong Atlantic State University, going 4-for-8 with three runs, three RBI and two home runs. The sophomore hit .389 in conference games, tallying five of her eight home runs, and 14 of her 31 RBI.
Jean-Francis hit .291 this season, swatting three home runs with 13 RBI and 12 runs scored. She added five doubles and a triple for a .447 slugging percentage. Jean-Francis really stepped it up in PBC games, hitting .327 with all three home runs and 10 of her 13 RBI. Four of her five doubles and seven of her 12 runs also came in conference matchups.
The junior took over in game one of the doubleheader at AASU, pounding two home runs in the same inning for a 3-for-4 effort, driving in four and scoring three times. She also went 2-for-3 with three RBI against Francis Marion University March 21.
The two All-PBC honorees bring the total to 29 in program history, including 15 in the Chaffinch era. Jean-Francis is the sixth outfielder, with Sherquita Bostick (2008-09) taking the honor a year ago. Burnett marks the fifth first baseman in school history, with Tonya Medders (2008-09) also nabbing 2009 honors at that position.
With more newcomers than returners during the 2010 season, the Bobcats struggled through a tough schedule, the first losing campaign for GCSU softball since 2001. With Georgia College losing just a pair of seniors this season in Kayla Smith and Allison Schwimer, the ‘Cats will be poised for another run in 2011.
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