FLORENCE, S.C. – Featuring the most prolific offense in all of NCAA Division II Baseball, the Georgia College Bobcats (31-13) brought in the hardware at the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Awards Banquet Tuesday, with shortstop Brandon Benson (Loganville, Georgia) leading the way as PBC Player of the Year.
The Bobcats had two first team selections and four on the second team. Joining Benson on the first team was freshman third baseman Cal Gentry (Perry, Georgia). Outfielders Logan Mattix (Loganville, Georgia) and Wesley Wommack (Monroe, Georgia) joined catcher Brandon Purcell (Glennville, Georgia) and reliever Grant Khan (Richmond, Texas) as second-team honorees.
Benson is the sixth PBC Player of the Year in school history and the second-straight. He leads all of Division II in home runs per game, is third in RBIs per game and third in runs scored per contest. Benson is hitting .379 with 21 home runs and 70 RBIs to lead a team that tops the country in batting average (.357) and runs per game (9.9). Benson is now a two-time All-PBC selection.
Gentry is tops in the Peach Belt and fifth in the nation with a .443 batting average, adding a home run, 39 RBIs and 50 runs scored from the leadoff spot.
Also a two-time All-PBC pick, Mattix is hitting .374 with 12 home runs 55 RBIs and 55 runs. He ranks 20th in the nation in runs per game and 22nd in RBIs per contest.
Wommack makes the All-PBC teams for the first time in his career, but was PBC Freshman of the Year last season. The sophomore rightfielder is hitting .374 with six home runs 46 RBIs and 52 runs. Wommack ups his batting average to .431 in PBC games.
Purcell was a Preseason All-PBC pick at catcher and holds up the prediction with a .308 batting average, nine home runs, 50 RBIs and 50 runs. Purcell also gets better when it matters most, hitting .320 with a .590 slugging percentage in conference matchups.
Khan leads the Peach Belt in saves with seven, owning a 3.18 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings. Six of his saves came in shutout appearances, five of those six going hitless as well.
The six honorees are the most for Bobcat Baseball since putting seven on the list in 2010. That year, GC Baseball advanced to the World Series for the second time in school history.
The No. 3-seed Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, May 10 at 10 a.m., taking on No. 6-seed Flagler College to open the 2017 PBC Tournament.
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