May 20, 2010

Bobcat Baseball Postseason Notes - Bobcats Head to College World Series

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THE GAMES

The Peach Belt Conference Champion and NCAA Southeast Region Tournament Champion No. 4 Bobcats (39-15) take to the USA Baseball National Training Complex for the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament beginning Saturday, May 22 by taking on No. 1 UC-San Diego (51-7) at 5 p.m. The Bobcats make the school’s second appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including the national runner-up finish in 1995.

As always postseason action for Bobcat baseball will be broadcast on the HomeTeam Stations, Country 102.3FM WKZR and ESPN Radio 1450AM WMVG. Scott MacLeod and Al Weston will bring you play-by-play action on the 1450AM Saturday. Live streaming video production will be available at www.NCAA.com. Turn down the volume and pick up the hometown broadcast at www.Country102FM.com.

THE MATCHUP

The Bobcats and Tritons have never squared off on the diamond.

D-FENSE, D-FENSE: The Bobcats played well in the field during the 2010 NCAA Southeast Region Tournament, committing just three errors over the course of 36 innings. The defense shone the brightest in the 5-3 win over No. 4 Columbus State University Saturday, when centerfielder Sean Harrell pulled back a two-run home run and a diving stop by Chandler Snell at short started both a key and picturesque 6-4-3 double play. Georgia College posted a .982 fielding percentage for the tournament and turned seven double plays.

CARTY’S CAMPAIGN: Head coach Tom Carty hit a pair of milestones this season. The third-year head coach won his 100th game with an 8-4 victory over No. 14 Valdosta State University April 21. The 5-3 win over No. 4 Columbus State in the NCAA Southeast Regional May 15 also served as the team’s 38th victory, marking the most in the three seasons under the watch of coach Carty. Carty was named the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) and NCBWA Southeast Region Coach of the Year.

RUNS FOR ERIC: The Bobcat baseball team loves to score runs when junior righthander Eric Pettepher gets the start. In Pettpher’s nine starts, Georgia College averages 10.4 runs per game.

FROM FINISH TO START: Bobcat ace Martin Dewald, a 2009 NCBWA Honorable Mention All-American as a closer has been put in a starter’s role this season, to the tune of even more success.

The senior is used to finishing games after serving as a Georgia College closer and posting a single-season school record with 14 saves. Prior to his time at Georgia College, he served as the closer for Gordon College for two seasons, and even worked as the German National Team closer.

Dewald is still finishing games, but now he’s starting them too. The senior has completed half of his starts with a whopping seven complete games, including three shutouts. Dewald shut out the No. 6-ranked and No. 1-seed Francis Marion University squad for the Region Title May 16 9-0.

CHICKS DIG THE LONG BALL: The Bobcats have set a school record in round-trippers this season, swatting 77, eclipsing an old mark of 75 set in 1985. Catcher Richard Pirkle got the Bobcats past the record with a pair of home runs in the win over Francis Marion Sunday, blasting both a grand slam and a solo shot in the win. The 538 runs this season is also an NCAA-era record for the program, passing the 506 scored in the 2006 season. This season ranks fourth overall in school history.

The Bobcats also have an NCAA-era record in doubles this season, as the 139 is 12 more than the old mark of 127, set in 1995 and tied again in 2000.  The 2010 season mark is second overall, behind 147 set in 1985.

The 493 RBI is tops in NCAA-era baseball at Georgia College, better than the 453 in 2006. The current tally ranks fourth, just six behind the 1984 season and third place.

REWRITING THE RECORD BOOK:
Sean Harrell 77R (t6th), 96H (9th), 153TB (6th)
Shawn Ward 16HR (t8th), 82RBI (5th), 152 (7th)
Richard Pirkle 16HR (t8th)
Matt Pitts 81RBI (6th), 510PO (2nd)
Martin Dewald W (t5th), 108K (5th)