MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University baseball team (30-13, 15-9 PBC) followed up an 11-5 domination of the University of West Georgia with a 2-1 series loss at UNC Pembroke last week, and subsequently dropped in all three Division II baseball national polls.
In the Collegiate Baseball Magazine Top-30 Rankings, the Bobcats dropped six slots to No. 14. Fellow Peach Belt Conference (PBC) school USC Aiken leapfrogs the Bobcats to No. 7. Francis Marion University also jumps up in this ranking, getting a No. 18 slot. UNCP enters the poll at No. 24 to give the PBC four teams in the top-30.
The Bobcats dropped just two spots in the PING! Baseball Top-30, taking No. 20 as the lone PBC school in the ranks.
In the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Top-25, the Bobcats own the No. 18 spot, dropping eight ranks. Again, USC Aiken jumps from No. 21 to No. 8. The duo is again the only PBC representatives in this national poll of sports information directors and other baseball writers.
Georgia College is led at the plate by a pair of outfielders, as senior Derek Johns (Waynesville, Ga.) leads the team with a .365 average, six home runs and 43 RBI. Junior centerfielder Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) hits .354 with six home runs and 34 RBI. The Bobcat team ERA is 4.58, with sophomore righty Eric Pettepher (Gordon, Ga.) and closer Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany) leading the team in wins at 5-2 apiece.
The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, April 22 at 3 p.m. traveling to Benedict College.