SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Two players from the Georgia College & State University baseball team were named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II Preseason All-America Team, the organization announced recently. Seniors Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany) and Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) each were named to second team honors.
Dewald and Harrell join USC Aiken's Travis Howard as the only players representing the Peach Belt Conference (PBC). Howard was named to the first team.
Georgia College was one of two schools with more than one player on the All-America Second Team as UC San Diego led the squad with three players.
A centerfielder, Harrell batted .350 with eight doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 41 RBI in 2009. He also paced the team with 106 total bases and 29 stolen bases.
Dewald went 5-3 with 14 saves as a reliever for the Bobcats. The righty reliever was third on the team with 53 strikeouts and had a 4.20 ERA.
The last Bobcat to be named preseason All-American was starting pitcher Michael Antonini (2006-07), who was selected to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) squad in 2007.
The Bobcats hit the field Friday, Feb. 5 in a doubleheader, hosting the University of Tampa at John Kurtz Field with the first game starting at 3 p.m.
The GCSU Department of Athletics, winners of the 2008-09 PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Georgia College 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.