MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) was the first of the three organizations to announce its Division II Baseball All-America teams Thursday, with Georgia College senior shortstop Brandon Benson (Loganville) earning a spot on the first team.
Benson pulls in his first All-America honor based on one of the best seasons in the storied history of Georgia College Baseball. The senior hit .395 with 22 home runs, 79 RBIs and 74 runs scored. The consensus Region Player of the Year and Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Player of the Year, he tallied an .819 slugging percentage and .464 on-base percentage. The shortstop ended his career on a 17-game hit streak and tallied 22 multi-RBI games on the season, including seven with four RBIs or more.
Benson is the seventh NCBWA All-American in school history since the program's inception in 2009 and the second shortstop, joining 2011 honoree Tanner Funk. Second baseman Dylan Cook was the most recent Bobcat NCBWA All-American, picking up a first-team slot just a year ago.
The 2017 season has come to a close for Georgia College, a 35-15 campaign highlighted by winning the 2017 PBC Tournament after going 16-8 in league play. The Bobcats were an offensive juggernaut, leading the country in batting average and runs per contest. GC Baseball put six on the All-PBC Teams, with Benson being named the PBC and Southeast Region Player of the Year, while freshman Cal Gentry and junior Logan Mattix earned spots on All-Region teams as well.
The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on social media for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.