by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – For the third straight week, the Bobcat baseball team (29-12, 17-4 PBC) at Georgia College & State University remained among the nation’s top-20 in three separate polls. The ‘Cats are No. 10 Collegiate Baseball Magazine’s Top-30, stayed at No. 11 in the Ping! Baseball Top-30 and slid up a spot to No. 16 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Top-25.
Georgia College moved up two slots in the Collegiate Baseball Magazine list, cracking the top-10 for the first time this season. They are second among five Peach Belt Conference (PBC) teams ranked inside the top-20. Francis Marion University is at No. 5, with No. 13 Columbus State University, No. 17 North Georgia and No. 18 UNC Pembroke rounding out the Peach Belt teams.
In the Ping! Poll, the Bobcats stayed put at No. 11 as four other PBC teams were ranked in the top-30. Francis Marion and Columbus State remained at sixth and eighth, respectively. USC Aiken fell three spots to No. 19 while North Georgia slid up a spot to No. 29.
Georgia College is one of three PBC schools to appear in the NCBWA poll, coming in at No. 16, one spot up from the previous week. FMU was the top conference school at the ninth spot while Columbus State was at No. 19.
The Bobcats are back in action at John Kurtz Field, hosting No. 14 Valdosta State University Wednesday, April 21 at 4 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, 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. 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.