AUSTIN, Texas – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCWBA) recently released its Division II All-America teams, with Georgia College catcher Steve Hazel (Kentwood, Mich.) owning a first-team spot.
Hazel hit .381 this season, adding 13 home runs and 53 RBI. The catcher had a .710 slugging percentage and scored 45 runs as well. His slugging ranks just outside the school's single-season records, and seventh in the country. His 13 home runs finished 10th in all of Division II. He had the Bobcats' longest hitting streak of the season at 17 ballgames, coming to an end when he left a game after one at-bat due to injury.
The junior is the first NCBWA All-American for GC Baseball since Tanner Funk in 2011. Hazel is the first catcher to earn the NCBWA honor in Georgia College history, the third first-team choice after Funk and starting pitcher Martin Dewald in 2010, and the fifth player overall in school history.
The Bobcats wrapped up another monster season in 2014, going 35-17 and earning a spot in the NCAA Southeast Regionals for the second-straight season, the fourth in head coach Tom Carty's seven seasons. Georgia College led the country in runs per game at 9.4, finished second in on-base percentage (.440) and were third in both home runs (58) and slugging (.513).
The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 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 @GCBobcats on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.