Baseball Preview Games #15-17 v. Augusta State
2009 #18 GEORGIA COLLEGE BASEBALL NOTES GAME #15-17 V. AUGUSTA STATE - March 1-2, 2009 - JOHN KURTZ FIELD
THE GAME: The #18 Bobcats (10-4, 3-0 PBC) return home to square off with Augusta State University (8-9, 1-2 PBC) a three-game Peach Belt Conference (PBC) series, with a single game Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and a doubleheader Monday at 11:30 p.m. The Bobcats return to John Kurtz Field after beating Valdosta State University Wednesday 8-5, increasing the GCSU win streak to nine. The Jaguars most recently lost to #11 Erskine 12-10 Tuesday.
THE SERIES: The Bobcats swept ASU last season, 14-4, 9-4 and 12-6 in Augusta, Ga. The Jaguars and Lander University were the only series swept by Georgia College in 2008. The Bobcats now hold a 53-36 advantage in the all-time series.
JOHNS TAKES TWO: Senior outfielder Derek Johns (Waynesville, Ga.) was named both the PBC Player of the Week and the GCSU Athlete of the Week this term. Johns hit .550 in five games last week with five runs scored and six RBI. The senior had multi-hit games in four of the five, including all three conference games against Armstrong Atlantic State University. Against AASU, Johns hit .538 with three runs scored and two RBIs, going 2-for-5 in the opener with a double, 2-for-5 in the second and 3-for-4 in the third. He began the week with a 3-for-4 outing against Columbia Union with two doubles and four RBIs. He also stole three bases in the last game against AASU as the Bobcats swept.
POLLS, POLLS EVERYWHERE THERE'S POLLS: The Bobcats moved to #18 in the most recent Collegiate Baseball Magazine National Rankings, matching their highest spot of the season. Georgia College has appeared in that top-30 for the last three weeks. GCSU was out of the preseason National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) National poll, with the first one of the regular season due next week. PING has joined in the fray with a national Division II poll, and the Bobcats have yet to appear.
RECORDS WATCH: The Bobcats are hitting at a .316 clip (144-455) if they finished there, they would tie for the eighth best hitting in school history (1994 and 2000) ... The Bobcats have 47 stolen bases already, an average of 3.4 per game. If they keep that pace, GCSU will have 185 steals by the end of the regular season, shattering the school record of 154, set in 1985 ... Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany) has three quick saves this season, and stands just two out of the top-10 in single season saves at GCSU ... Senior catcher Pete Paris (Scranton, Pa.) is hitting .486 this season, if he keeps that pace, it would break the single-season record of .480 set by Hall of Famer Phil Arp in 1983.
CHECK SWINGS: The Bobcats own the longest current win streak in the Peach Belt, with North Georgia second at three ... The Georgia College baseball team has now won 1,200 contests with Wednesday's victory at VSU 1,975 games overall; head coach Tom Carty is 43-28 ... Both Chandler Snell (Loganville, Ga.) and Richard Pirkle (Norcross, Ga.) were named to the Preseason All-PBC Team ... Pete Paris is hitting .607 (17-28) during the nine-game win streak, with the Bobcat pitching staff at a 2.77 ERA, led by Eric Pettepher (Gordon, Ga.) at 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 14 innings ... Ryan Parson (Madison, Ga.) is 3-0 with a 0.73 ERA.
UP NEXT: Georgia College hits the road to Albany State University March 4 and Georgia Southwestern State University March 6-7. The Bobcats return home to pface Pfeiffer University March 10 at 6 p.m.