AUGUSTA, Ga. – Fueled by an amazing doubleheader Saturday, Georgia College baseball players Jake Sandlin (Evans, Ga.) and Brandon Benson (Loganville, Ga.) pulled in weekly awards from the Peach Belt Conference (PBC), the league office announced Monday. Sandlin was named the AstroTurf PBC Player of the Week for the first time, while Benson earns his third AstroTurf PBC Freshman of the Week honor.
Sandlin posted multi-hit games in all three contests this week, powering the Bobcats to a 3-0 record. He finished 7-for-10 (.700) with nine RBI, seven runs scored and a pair of home runs. He had three extra-base hits among his seven, slugging 1.400 for the week, was a perfect 1-1 in stolen bases and errorless in the field on 17 putouts in right. His best game was the doubleheader opener win at the University of Montevallo Saturday, going 3-for-3 with five RBI, four runs and a pair of home runs. The 2013 All-PBC outfielder is second in the league in triples (4), 11th in runs scored (52) and 12th in on-base percentage (.465) this year.
Benson hit 5-for-12 (.417) with three RBI and five runs over three games. His best game was the nightcap of the doubleheader sweep at Montevallo Saturday, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs, including a home run. He hit .556 in the rain-shortened two-game series with the Falcons, driving in three. For the season, the freshman is ranked in the PBC's top-25 in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
Sandlin is the second Bobcat to earn Player of the Week this year, joining first baseman Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Ga.). Benson is the first Bobcat to win the rookie award more than once in a season. This is the fifth year of the PBC Freshman of the Week honor.
The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, April 29 at 5 p.m. traveling to Valdosta State University.
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