Georgia College baseball lands eight players on all-conference teams
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- The Georgia College Bobcats baseball team finished this season as the best team in the Peach Belt with a 26-4 record -- the team's best conference finish in program history. So it would make sense that the Bobcats would also lead all Peach Belt teams in most players selected to the end-of-season all-conference teams.
Today, the conference announced its first and second all-conference teams, as voted on by the coaches of the Peach Belt, and the Bobcats landed eight players between the two teams.
On the first team were first baseman Matthew Miller, utility man Nate Schmal, center fielder Logan Mattix, outfielder Wesley Wommack, starting pitcher Charlie Hecht, and relief pitcher Bradley Cammack.
On the second team were catcher Brandon Purcell and outfielder Brandt Stallings.
But the accolades didn't stop there for the Bobcats. Mattix was named the conference's player of the year, Hecht was named pitcher of the year, and head coach Jason Eller was named coach of the year.
Mattix becomes the third straight Bobcat to bring home this honor. He finished the regular season with a .405 batting average, eight home runs, and 63 runs driven in. He was top-10 in the conference in doubles, triples, RBIs, total bases, stolen bases, batting average and slugging percentage.
Hecht is the third Bobcat to be named pitcher of the year, and the second in the last two seasons. He finished his year with a 2.03 earned run average -- 1.84 against Peach Belt opponents -- a league-high 115 strikeouts, and a perfect 10-0 record.
Coach Eller is the fourth Georgia College head coach to bring home the coach of the year award, winning it for his first time. In his second season in Milledgeville, Eller has led the Bobcats to a No. 6 ranking in the latest Collegiate Baseball ranking. His Bobcats also lead all of Division II baseball in batting average and slugging percentage. Georgia College's four conference losses are the fewest by any Peach Belt team since 2000.
The one-seed Bobcats kick off their first game in the Peach Belt tournament tomorrow in St. Augustine, Fla. at 10:00 a.m. against the eight-seed Lander.