GC Baseball’s Funk Named All-American by NCBWA

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DALLAS – Junior shortstop Tanner Funk (Kearney, Mo.) of the Georgia College baseball team was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II All-America teams, the organization announced recently. Funk picked up a spot on the first team, the only Peach Belt Conference (PBC) player to do so.

In his first year with the Bobcats, Funk was second on the team in hitting at .393 with two home runs and 54 RBI. He also led the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) in doubles with 20. He slugged .520 and scored 45 runs. He becomes the first shortstop to take NCBWA All-America honors for GC.

All-time, GC student-athletes have now earned four All-America honors through the NCBWA organization.

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association's official Web site, www.ncbwa.com.

The Bobcat baseball team went 35-17 in 2011, a season that saw them hold down the No. 1 spot in the country for two weeks. The Bobcats finished second in the PBC West, honoring three all-region players, and a pair of All-Americans in Funk and outfielder Shawn Ward (2010-11).

The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at www.twitter.com/BobcatSports and www.facebook.com/gcbobcats for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCBobcats.com for more information, and to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GC Athletics Hall of Fame.