MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College baseball squad mixes the old with the new, taking to the diamond for the first time this weekend for a three-game set with Mars Hill College. The Bobcats host the Lions for a doubleheader Saturday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. and finish it out with a single game Sunday, Feb. 3 at noon, all at John Kurtz Field.
Bobcat baseball posted a 29-21 overall mark in 2012, going 19-10 in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) to take top honors in the PBC West Division. Georgia College battled until the final weekend for the regular-season PBC Championship, but posted a disappointing finish in the PBC Tournament with a pair of losses.
Back to reconcile that finish are a pair of All-PBC honorees in seniors Cody Maas (Alpharetta, Ga.) and Matt LaMothe (Troy, Mich.). Maas, All-Region in two different organizations last season at designated hitter, swatted a team-high eight home runs with 56 RBI while batting .333 he will move from DH to his natural field position of catcher this season. LaMothe was an elite closer for the Bobcats in 2012, saving eight games while posting a 4-1 mark and 2.70 ERA. He will be counted upon for more innings, as the former Division I starter at Oakland University moves to that role this year in Milledgeville.
Fellow senior Jeremy Donaldson (Winder, Ga.) will move from second base to his more natural third base position this season and was recognized as the top prospect there, earning Preseason All-PBC at the hot corner. He hit .310 with seven home runs and 34 RBI in 2012, scoring 22 runs as well. Donaldson was ranked in the PBC top 10 in home runs and slugging percentage (.548) and made only three errors at second base.
Outfielder Ikaika Anderson (Austell, Ga.) missed all of 2012 with nagging injuries, but will be counted upon to hold down an outfield spot this season after the Bobcats lose all three starters from a year ago.
Twenty-one new players dot the Bobcat baseball roster this season, as many will be called upon to fill important vacancies.
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