by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
MARTINEZ, Ga. - The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) announced the 11-member baseball preseason All-Conference team today (Jan. 21). The team was selected by the conference head coaches and features players from eight of the 12 baseball-playing members in the PBC. Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany) was the sole Bobcat to make the squad.
Dewald set a school record with 14 saves as the GCSU closer in 2009, the third-highest single-season save amount in PBC history. The senior was named First-Team All-Conference with a league-best 30 appearances, going 5-3 with a 4.20 ERA. He had 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings.
North Georgia led all PBC teams with three players while UNC Pembroke added two players. The 2010 PBC Baseball Preseason All-Conference Team consists of North Georgia's Andre Airich (2B), Jordan Erisman (3B) and Daniel Pettiti (C). UNC Pembroke put Seth Kivett (1B) and Matt McGovern (SP) on the squad and Francis Marion University's Barret Kleinknecht (SS) rounded out the infield. Outfielders consisted of Bud Lanier of Lander University, Alex Montes of Columbus State University and Alex Wyche of Armstrong Atlantic State University. The DH was Travis Howard of USC Aiken. Howard, along with Dewald and Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.), were named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II Preseason All-America Team.
The Bobcats will open the season against No. 7 University of Tampa in a doubleheader Friday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. at John Kurtz Field.
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