by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University baseball team was ranked 27th in the Collegiate Baseball Division II Preseason National Rankings, released Jan. 6.
Coach Tom Carty's Bobcats are coming off a 37-19 season, including 16-11 mark in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC). Georgia College is one of five PBC teams to be ranked in the top 40 in the Collegiate Baseball Magazine. USC Aiken will begin the 2010 campaign as the highest-ranked PBC team, coming in at sixth in the poll. Francis Marion ranks 12th with North Georgia 24th and UNC Pembroke tied at the 40th slot. Columbus State University and Armstrong Atlantic State University also received votes in the poll.
Georgia College reached the NCAA Southeast Regional tournament last year, their third appearance in the last four years and first time under Carty. The Bobcats have also won at least 33 games the past two years under the helm of Carty.
The ‘Cats return two of their top three starting pitchers from last year and also have five position starters back on the field.
Georgia College has six opponents on their 2010 schedule ranked in the top 40: USC Aiken (sixth), Tampa University (seventh), University of Indianapolis (15th), North Georgia (24th), Valdosta State University (26th) and UNC Pembroke (40th).
The Bobcats start the season Friday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m., hosting No. 7 Tampa at John Kurtz Field.
Visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame. 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.