April 15, 2011

Bobcats Put Three on All-PBC Softball Teams

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FLORENCE, S.C. – Junior designated player Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) led three Georgia College softball (14-33) players on the All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) teams announced Thursday night.

Burnett was a first team selection at designated player, joining GC’s second team choices, junior catcher Anna Parker (Columbus, Ga.) and freshman outfielder Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.).

Burnett is hitting .405 on the season, smashing nine home runs with 37 RBI and slugging .661. She ranks seventh in the PBC in batting average, fifth in slugging, first in on-base percentage (.535), sixth in RBI, sixth in home runs, 10th in total bases (80) and second in walks (33). This is her second time being chosen for the All-PBC list after earning second team honors at first base in 2010.

Parker is hitting .345 with seven home runs and 29 RBI on the 2011 campaign. She is seventh in slugging (.612), fourth in on-base percentage (.503), ninth in home runs and first in walks (37) in the PBC. Parker was a second-team catcher honoree in 2009 as well.

Okvist has been a catalyst at the top of the order for GC, hitting .348 with 37 runs and 24 stolen bases. She ranks 15th in the PBC in batting average, ninth in runs, eighth in hits (57), first in triples (6) and second in stolen bases. Okvist is the first freshman named to the All-PBC list for Georgia College since Mandy Chandler (2006-09) in 2006.

The trio gives GC 32 All-PBC honorees all-time. Okvist is the seventh outfielder, giving the Bobcats a slot in the outfield for the past four seasons. Parker is the first catcher to take the honor twice in the history of GC softball, while Burnett is the first DP to win an all-conference award in school history.

The Bobcats start play in the PBC Tournament today, April 14 at 1:30 p.m., taking on Columbus State University (36-14) in Florence, S.C.

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