AUSTIN, Texas – Junior catcher Steve Hazel (Kentwood, Mich.) of the No. 24 Georgia College baseball team (35-15) added to his postseason laurels this week with a spot on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) All-Southeast Region First Team.
Hazel is batting .379, while hitting 13 home runs, 17 doubles and driving in 53 Bobcats. His 13 home runs lead the team, as well as his .722 slugging percentage. Hazel has caught 47 of the Bobcats' 50 games this season.
The junior slugger ranks ninth in the nation in home runs and eighth in home runs per game (0.28). His slugging percentage is positioned sixth in the country.
Hazel is the 12th All-Region honoree through the NCBWA in school history, starting in the 2009 season. While this is the third time a Bobcat catcher has won a spot on the team, Hazel marks the first catcher on the first team in program history. Richard Pirkle was named to the third team in 2011 and second team in 2010.
Hazel advances to the All-America ballot, which will be released later this month. The Bobcats have four NCBWA All-Americans all time.
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