#6 Bobcat Baseball Cleans Up at PBC Awards Banquet

2018 Georgia College Baseball


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The No. 6 Georgia College Baseball team (39-10, 26-4 PBC) brought in plenty of hardware as the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) held its end-of-year awards ceremony Thursday night, prior to the start of the PBC Tournament Friday.

The Bobcats took Pitcher of the Year, Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, and placed eight on the All-PBC Teams.

Senior Charlie Hecht (Johns Creek) was PBC Pitcher of the Year thanks to a 10-0 record and league-best 2.03 ERA. He was second in the conference in strikeouts with 115 and had a recent shutout of a tough Columbus State University squad. Hecht is the third PBC Pitcher of the Year in Bobcat Baseball history joining Cameron Busby in 2016 and Matt Goyen in 2005.

PBC Player of the Year Logan Mattix (Loganville) has shown his complete skill set all season long, the 2017 Gold Glove winner hit .405 this season with eight home runs and 63 RBIs. The Bobcat centerfielder also ranked tops in the league in runs scored with 57. The Bobcats have now won the last three PBC Player of the Year awards, as Brandon Benson took the honor in 2017 and Dylan Cook in 2016. Georgia College has won seven all-time.

PBC Coach of the Year Jason Eller has led the Bobcats to a 39-10 mark this season, not losing a single weekend series and sweeping eight three-game sets on the year. The Bobcats lead the NCAA in batting average and fielding percentage, and the four PBC losses this season are the fewest since 2000. Eller is the fourth PBC Coach of the Year in school history.

Joining Mattix and Hecht on the first team was outfielder Wesley Wommack (Monroe), utility Nate Schmal (Cumming), first baseman Matthew Miller (San Diego, California) and reliever Bradly Cammack (Soperton).

Wommack hit .392 with two home runs, 39 RBIs and 49 runs. Schmal won the PBC batting-average title for the regular season at .429 with 27 RBIs and 33 runs. Miller has finished the year in the midst of a 23-game hit streak, and is batting .411 with six round-trippers, 36 RBIs and 54 runs scored. Cammack owns the PBC wins lead with 11, adds five saves, and a 2.44 ERA with 91 strikeouts over 70 innings.

A pair of Bobcats took second-team honors, as junior Brandt Stallings (Buford) took a spot in the outfield and Brandon Purcell (Glennville) was the second-team catcher.

Purcell hit .383 this season with five home runs, 48 RBIs and 57 runs, tying for the league lead. Stallings was dominant after cracking the lineup late, going .366 with six home runs, 34 RBIs and 28 runs.

Mattix makes his third appearance on the All-PBC team, Wommack, Purcell and Miller their second, and Schmal, Hecht, Cammack and Stallings their first. Of the eight, Mattix, Wommack and Schmal also earned slots on the PBC All-Academic Team this season.

The Bobcats are back in action Friday, May 11 at 10 a.m. taking on Lander University in the pool play round of the PBC Tournament at Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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