Bobcat Baseball Gets Three on PBC All-Academic Teams

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MARTINEZ, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University baseball squad put three players on the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Baseball All-Academic Teams, the conference office announced. Senior outfielder Danny McCorkell (Wentzville, Mo.) led the Bobcats as a first-team selection.

McCorkell landed a first-team slot, with junior outfielder Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) on the second team and senior catcher Pete Paris (Scranton, Pa.) taking home third-team honors.

Owning the top GPA on the Georgia College baseball team, McCorkell put together a 3.50 average in health education. On the field, he hit .405 in 51 games, swatting two home runs with 19 RBI. He also stole seven bases and scored 23 runs.

Harrell posted a 3.25 GPA in biology. The centerfielder hit .350 with seven home runs and 41 RBI as a mainstay near the top of the Bobcat order. A second-team All-PBC pick as well, he scored a team-best 51 times, also stealing a team-high 29 bases.

Paris owns a 3.22 GPA in business administration, while hitting .328 with a team-high nine home runs. He drove in 42, scored 32 times, and gave up just 19 stolen bases in 30 attempts.

The team is part of a new season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution. The Peach Belt Conference Sports Information Directors oversee and select the teams.

The Bobcats were 37-19 in the 2009 campaign, the second under head coach Tom Carty. Georgia College finished third in the PBC, making their third trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last four seasons. The Bobcats wound up the season with 154 stolen bases, tying the school record set in 1985.

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