May 15, 2009

Chandler, Bostick Named NFCA All-Region

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STARKVILLE, Miss. - The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced its All-Region squads Thursday, with a pair of Georgia College & State University players making first team honors.

Pitcher Mandy Chandler (Covington, Ga.) and outfielder Sherquita Bostick (Florence, S.C.) will both move on to the All-America ballot as a result of their first team designations.

The 2009 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Player of the Year as well, Bostick hit .361 this season with 13 home runs and 43 RBI. She also scored 56 runs and slugged .761. This season, she earned spots on both the NCAA Southeast Regional and PBC All-Tournament teams.

Chandler was 27-15 in the circle this season with a paltry 1.80 ERA. The senior struck out a PBC record 417 batters over her 280 2/3 innings this year, with opponents hitting just .181. She was a Daktronics Second Team All-American a year ago.

Both players were named first team all-region in 2008, as GCSU has now earned 20 spots on the NFCA All-Region teams all-time. Voted on by the region's head coaches, both Chandler and Bostick will now move on to the All-America ballot. Bostick earned second team All-American last season.

The Bobcats went 32-24 in 2009, making their fourth-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, all coming under head coach Ginger Chaffinch. Georgia College took second in the PBC Standings, matching its highest finish. Chandler set the PBC mark in single-season strikeouts as well as career wins and whiffs this season, and stands at 1,207, good for fifth in NCAA Division II history. The 417 this season ranks ninth in the NCAA Division II recordbooks.

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