Georgia College Baseball Signs Slugger

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University baseball program and head coach Tom Carty announced the signing of Ryan Voelkel today (June 9).

Voelkel, a 6-foot-6 240-pound first baseman, will enter with junior status after playing the last two seasons at Green River Community College in Auburn, Wash. under head coach Matt Acker. He played his high school ball at Kentlake High in Covington, Wash.

Voelkel hit .319 as a sophomore, swatting a school-record 10 home runs. His dinger total also led the NWAACC, the wooden-bat junior college league where the Gators play. He added 12 doubles and 36 RBI during his sophomore season.

"Ryan is a pro-caliber hitter," said GCSU assistant coach Zeke Mitchem. "It's rare a hitter like this comes along. He's a big, powerful hitter that we hope will add some pop to our lineup."

In 2008, the team finished fifth in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) standings, recording 30 wins for the fifth-straight season (33-24). The Bobcats landed their first All-PBC designated hitter since 2000 when Richard Pirkle (Norcross, Ga.) picked up the honor, and Michael Newman (Evans, Ga.) was named a Daktronics All-South Atlantic Region reliever.