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SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Junior relief pitcher Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany) was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association (NCBWA) the organization announced.
On the All-America ballot as a result of his first team all-region nod, Dewald had a standout first season with the Bobcats leading all region closers with 14 saves, a Georgia College record. He also went 5-3 with a 4.20 ERA in a conference-high 30 appearances, fanning 53 hitters for a whopping 11.7 per nine innings, earning first-team All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC). His saves total was good for third in the nation.
All-time, Georgia College has had 14 All-Americans in baseball, with this being the first chosen by the NCBWA. Dewald is the first GCSU closer chosen to any All-American squad. In 2007, outfielder Justin Mills (2004-07) was named to both the Daktronics and American Association of Baseball Coaches (ABCA) First Teams, the most-recent All-American for the Bobcats before Dewald.
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.
Winners of the 2008-09 PBC Commissioner's Cup, 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. Sign up at Twitter.com username GCSUSID for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame.