by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Bobcat baseball team (30-12, 17-4 PBC) at Georgia College & State University is one of the nation’s best in several offensive categories, according to NCAA National Statistics as of April 18.
The Bobcats average 10.6 runs a game, which is fifth among Division II schools. As a team Georgia College has batted .357 (17th in county) due mainly to their top three batters, Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.), Kyle Allen (Conyers, Ga.) and Steve Muoio (Rochester, N.Y.). Harrell’s .478 average is eighth in the nation, while Allen’s .431 average ranks 54th and Muoio ranks 97th hitting .415.
The ‘Cats have accumulated 537 hits (14th) as Harrell leads the team with 76 and is 12th overall in D-II. The team is ninth in run production with 434 total runs and also ninth in country with a .573 slugging percentage. Harrell and Allen are in the country’s top-20 in runs per game as Harrell is 11th with 1.56 and Allen is 19th averaging 1.44 runs a contest. Harrell has scored 64 times this season, which is good enough for 10th in the nation.
Georgia College hits 1.46 home runs a game (eighth) and has hit 60 (11th) on the season. Not only can the Bobcats knock the ball out of the yard, they are quite impressive stealing bases, 2.68 swipes a contest, which is eighth in the country. The ‘Cats are also fifth in the nation with 110 total stolen bases.
Matt Pitts (Brunswick, Ga.) has tallied 63 RBI, which is 11th in the field of the nation’s top-300 and the senior is also 13th averaging 1.54 RBI a game.
Allen is third in the country with 1.11 walks per game and seventh with 40 total base on balls.
Harrell ranks in the top-20 in three other categories. The senior centerfielder is 17th in total bases (128), 16th in on-base percentage (.558) and fifth in sacrifice flies (8).
The Bobcats are back in action on the road against North Greenville University Thursday, April 22 at 3 p.m.
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