Cook Earns NCBWA Region Player of the Year, Leads Bobcat Three on All-Region Team

Cook Earns NCBWA Region Player of the Year, Leads Bobcat Three on All-Region Team

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PEMBROKE, N.C. – Georgia College Baseball second baseman Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) continues to add to the long list of postseason honors, as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) announced its All-Southeast Region honorees.

Cook earned a slot on the first team and was chosen NCBWA Southeast Region Player of the Year. Teammates Cameron Busby (Grovetown, Georgia) and Matthew Miller (Escondido, California) also took spots on the second team.

Cook wrapped up a stellar senior season as the fourth Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Player of the Year in school history. The Bobcat senior finished the season with a .414 batting average, 14 home runs and 64 RBIs. The former gold glover added 63 runs scored and 23 steals as well. Cook is the first NCBWA Region Player of the Year in school history. He also joins Jason Veyna in 2010 as the only two Bobcat honorees all-time at second base.

The PBC Pitcher of the Year, Busby was a rock in the Georgia College bullpen, finishing his sophomore season at 11-2 with a pair of saves and a 3.13 ERA. The righty also struck out 65 over his 83 1/3 innings, including a complete-game victory in his first start of the season at the PBC Tournament. The only other reliever to earn NCBWA All-Region for the Bobcats was Martin Dewald in 2009.

Bobcat newcomer Miller made an immediate impact in the Georgia College outfield, hitting .396 with nine home runs and 48 RBIs. The All-PBC First Team pick balanced speed as well, stealing 25 bases and scoring 48 runs. Five other Bobcat outfielders have been named All-Region by the NCBWA, most recently Jake Sandlin in 2015.

Since the program's inception in 2009, Georgia College has now had 15 student-athletes named to the NCBWA All-Region list.

The season has come to a close for Bobcat Baseball, a year in which the squad went 33-17, finishing the regular season with 10 straight wins, taking the PBC No. 4-seed. Along with the three All-Region selections, the Bobcats swept the conference awards, with Cook as PBC Player of the Year, Busby as PBC Pitcher of the Year and Wesley Wommack (Monroe, Georgia) as PBC Freshman of the Year. It marks just the second time a conference school has won all three in the same season.

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