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GSW Baseball picked to finish 11th in Peach Belt Conference Preseason Poll

From Staff Reports

 

AMERICUS – The 2019 Georgia Southwestern State University baseball team has been picked to finish 11th in the Peach Belt Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll in a release announced Friday morning, January 25.

After a rough season in 2018, the Hurricanes received 11 points to finish near the bottom of the PBC standings.

Columbus State sits at the top with eight first-place votes for a total of 95 points, followed by Georgia College, who had 87 points along with one first-place vote. UNC Pembroke took two first-place votes and had 84 points. USC Aiken (79) and North Georgia (64) closed out the top five.

Flagler College came in sixth place with 58 points, while both Young Harris College and Lander University were tied for seventh with 40 points. Francis Marion University came in eighth place with 29 points and Augusta University was picked to finish ninth with 22 points.

The Hurricanes return junior outfielder Jonathan Martin, who was recently named a Southeast Region player to watch by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The left-handed outfielder posted a .962 fielding percentage and had 72 pickoffs, along with driving in 21 RBIs. Martin belted eight doubles, two triples and one home run during the 2018 season. The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper also named junior right-handed pitcher Cole Garrett. Garrett, a native of Nashville, GA, is transferring to GSW from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC). Garrett has been named the Southeast Region newcomer to watch for this upcoming season. Senior infielder Jason Baita also returns for his final season at GSW. Baita led the Hurricanes with a .433 slugging percentage while hitting 11 doubles, three triples and three home runs in 2018.

Under new head coach Josh McDonald, the Hurricanes are looking forward to having a turn-around season after putting in tremendous work during the fall.

GSW opens the 2019 season on Friday, February 1, at Emmanuel College (GA) against Salem International. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. The Hurricanes will then play a doubleheader on Saturday, February 2, against Emmanuel College (GA). The first pitch for Game 1 is at 12 p.m., followed by Game 2 at 3 p.m.

The first home game for the Hurricanes in the 2019 season will take place on Tuesday, February 5, against Shorter University. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.