Bobcats back on top with Eller in command
MILLEDGEVILLE, GA --At a packed press conference in mid-July, newly appointed Georgia College Baseball Coach Jason Eller had a message.
"We're going to be fun to watch," Eller said.
Eller has lived up to his promise. at 26-9 and currently sitting in second place in the Peach Belt Conference standings, the Bobcats are impressed with their first-year head coach.
"He brings the energy," said Bobcats' Catcher Brandon Purcell. "He brings fun."
Eller has brought with an offensive philosophy that has the Bobcats playing at a high level. Leading the nation in batting average and top 15-nationally in almost every major offensive statistical category, Eller himself was surprised at the production from the Green machine.
"I was a little surprised that we were able to hit at the high average that we've been able to hit," Eller said. "I kind of walked into a really good situation."
The situation on the field was solid, but internally Georgia College was anything but steady. At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Head Coach Tom Carty and an assistant coach resigned amid an internal investigation by the school leaving the Bobcats' baseball program influx. Shortly after Eller was hired and refocused the attention on baseball only.
"You would never know that anything went on," Eller said. "It's just been a really smooth transition. It's just really something that never crossed my mind."
The transition from Carty to Eller has flowed smoothly. Currently riding a seven-game winning streak, the Bobcats face off against Augusta University Friday night beginning a three-game series; the same university where Eller previously coached.
"We want to win it for him," Purcell said. "Give him some bragging rights on this side."
Eller and Georgia College aren't putting a ton of stock into this weekend's series. There goal stretches much further than the regular season.
"This team can not only go to the College World Series, but I think we can win a national championship," Eller said.