Allen Added to Bobcat Baseball for 2009

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University baseball program and head coach Tom Carty announced the signing of Kyle Allen today (May 27).

Allen, a left-handed hitting outfielder, will enter with junior status after playing the last two seasons at South Georgia College in Douglas, Ga. under head coach J. Scott Sims. 2008 Bobcat Derek Johns (Waynesville, Ga.) and 2009 signee Kyle Cravey are both former teammates of Allen's at SGC.

Allen hit .315 as a sophomore, swatting 18 doubles, four triples and four home runs. He drove in 48 and stole 21 bases while posting a .430 on-base percentage with a patient eye, garnering 42 walks. His rookie season was equally impressive, hitting .324 with eight doubles and two home runs, driving in 35.

"Kyle will come in and compete for a spot in the Bobcat outfield right away," said Carty. "He is a left-handed hitter with some extra base hit power. The most impressive part of Kyle's game is the ability to get on base. He will fit very nicely into our offensive philosophy."

In 2008, the team finished fifth in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) standings, recording 30 wins for the fifth-straight season (33-24). The Bobcats landed their first All-PBC designated hitter since 2000 when Richard Pirkle (Norcross, Ga.) picked up the honor, and Michael Newman (Evans, Ga.) was a Daktronics All-South Atlantic Region reliever.