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Baseball ranks No.28

Courtesy of GC Athletics
Freshmen outfielder Brandon Smith calls for the ball

With only five games left in their season and one Peach Belt Conference series left to play, GC baseball sits at an overall record of 26-18, a PBC record of 16-8 and an NCAA Division II national ranking of 28 by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

The team found their groove in early March and have kept their foot on the gas up until now. Spanning from March 6 to April 10, the team produced a record of 14-3 while winning all of their PBC series in the span.

During this impressive run, the Bobcats won a conference series over the University of South Carolina Beaufort, Georgia Southwestern State University, Flagler College, the University of South Carolina Aiken and Claflin University.

Along the way, they also picked up nonconference wins against Albany State University and Newberry College.

Sophomore Gabriel Wuerth leads the team in batting average, with an impressive .409, and is tied with senior Brandon Bellflower for most runs scored, at 47 a piece.

Junior Matthew Mebane has been an explosive player all year, leading the team in home runs. Mebane has hit 14 on the season. The closest to him is Bellflower, with 9.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher John Luke Glanton has been instrumental in GC’s success, boasting a 2.67 earned run average over 81 innings of pitching. Throughout the whole season, Glanton has only given up 73 hits and 24 runs.

Wuerth, Bellflower and Mebane are joined by freshman Braeden Smith and sophomore Cam McNearney as players on the team who have started and played all 44 games for the Bobcats this season.

The team most recently picked up a PBC series win against Columbus State University and will play their last PBC series against the University of North Georgia from April 26-28.

In GC’s first meeting of the season with UNG, back in February, played at home, the Bobcats picked up a 2-1 series win.

The PBC series on the road at UNG later this week will have huge implications for the postseason, mainly the looming PBC tournament, as GC currently sits in third place in the conference standings.

Only Lander University and UNG are above the Bobcats. However, GC and UNG are tied in terms of their conference records. UNG’s overall record has them above the Bobcats.

The conference tournament will begin on May 3, and GC is in a favorable position to make a deep run in the tournament. Wins over UNG will help the Bobcats even more, as the tournament is hosted by the top two seeds.

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