SAVANNAH, Ga. - Topping the No. 36 team and battling the No. 2 team to some tough contests moved Georgia College & State University baseball (1-3) into the national spotlight, putting the squad No. 18 in the most recent Collegiate Baseball Magazine National Rankings, released today (Feb. 10). The poll takes into account all games through the weekend, not including GCSU's 7-4 loss at then-No. 2 University of Tampa Monday.
The Bobcats started the season receiving votes in the poll, and promptly edged No. 36 Erskine College 6-5 opening day. Georgia College then took the No. 2 team to the distance over the weekend, losing 6-5 in extra innings and 3-1 in a doubleheader.
The Bobcats are led at the plate by leftfielder Kyle Allen (Conyers, Ga.) hitting at a .455 (5-11) clip with four runs and an RBI in the early going. Newcomers Steve Muoio (Rochester, N.Y.) and Buddy Elmore (Dallas) pace the team with three RBI apiece. The Bobcats have four relievers who have yet to give up an earned run.
Tampa has moved up to No. 1, going 3-0 through the weekend. North Georgia is the top Peach Belt Conference (PBC) school at No. 17, with the Bobcats the only other ranked school in the conference.
The Bobcats are back in action Friday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m., hosting Philadelphia University.
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.