Georgia College Baseball Inks Eight

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College baseball team added eight players in the early signing period, including three junior college transfers and five high school student-athletes.

“We are excited about this early signing class,” said head coach Tom Carty. “We felt we had a need for more lefthanded hitting, pitching and catching. This class offers answers to our needs for 2012-2013. (Assistant coach Zeke) Mitchem and the staff not only identified and recruited players who fit the needs of the baseball team but also outstanding young men who fit the academic mission of Georgia College.”

Joining the Bobcats for the 2012-13 season will be Chris McCoy II, Steve Hazel, Jordan Gottshall, Mason Colquitt, Henry Rowland, Tyler Mauzy, Stewart Rich and Dylan Peppers.

McCoy hails from Battle Creek, Mich. and is a switch-hitting outfielder from Kellogg Community College. He hit .327 last season with 10 doubles, two triples and a home run. McCoy also stole 10 bags and scored 44 runs.

Hazel is a lefthanded hitting catcher from Kentwood, Mich. He attended Grand Rapids Community College. Hazel hit .362 last season with eight doubles, six triples and two home runs while stealing seven bases. He drove in 27 and scored 29.

“Chris comes from a quality junior college program and we are excited about him bringing his game to Georgia College,” said Carty. “He is a versatile hitter with his ability to switch hit and hit anywhere in the top of the order. Steve is very athletic for a catcher so his versatility will be a key for us as he will bring another left handed hitting bat to our lineup."

Gottshall is a 6-foot-1 righthanded pitcher from Lackawanna College in Birdsboro, Pa. He went 1-0 last season, striking out eight in eight innings and accumulating a 2.25 era.

Colquitt is a 6-foot-4 lefthanded hitting first baseman from Norcross, Ga. He hit .380 at Wesleyan High School with eight home runs. Colquitt also drove in 32 runs and had a .530 on-base percentage. Rowland is another lefthanded hitting catcher from Westside Augusta High School in Augusta, Ga. He hit .379 with 10 home runs, while driving in 30 runs.

“Jordan has a very good arm and is fully healthy this year after having Tommy John surgery,” revealed Carty. “Mason is a very physical high school player who has shown power at the plate early in his career.  He can play first base as well as move to the outfield because of his athleticism and size. Henry comes from a good baseball family and a solid high school baseball program. He brings a lefthanded stick and physical presence as a catcher which we will need next season.”

Mauzy is a lefthanded hitting outfielder from Powder Springs, Ga. He hit .412 at Hillgrove High School with two home runs, 14 doubles and 37 runs. Rich is a 6-foot-6 righthanded pitcher from Mount de Sales Academy. A native of Macon, Ga. he went 5-1, allowing only 42 hits while fanning 61 in 49 innings. Peppers is a righthanded pitcher from Morgan County High. Reigning from Good Hope, Ga. he went 7-1 with two saves in 48 innings while striking out 36 and giving up 36 hits.

“Tyler fits the mold for a Bobcat outfielder,” said Carty. “He brings a good combination of speed and arm strength to bring versatility while hitting from the left side. Stewart has a lot to work with on the mound in terms of leverage and arm action. His best pitching days are ahead of him and I look forward to working with him next fall. Dylan is a pretty good athlete who is very competitive on the mound. He has command of his fastball and slider already and should only get better.”

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 Tanner Funk (Kearney, Mo.) and outfielder Shawn Ward (2010-11).

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