College Sports

Area college roundup: Mercer hits the road to Wofford

After losing two games during the week to weather, a well-rested Mercer baseball team hopes to add to its Southern Conference lead when it visits Wofford this weekend.

The series starts at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Mercer is 22-15 overall and 9-3 in conference play while Wofford is 27-12 and 6-4.

It’s the first meeting between the teams since 1997.

The Southern Conference’s top pitching staffs will battle in the series. Wofford leads with a 4.10 ERA, just ahead of Mercer’s 4.19. Wofford’s Friday starter is Matt Milburn, who is 8-0 with a 2.60 ERA.

LeRoy, Flanders make academic team

Two Georgia College softball players from West Laurens are among six Bobcats to make the Peach Belt Conference’s softball all-academic team.

Junior Abi LeRoy and sophomore Faith Flanders made the team.

LeRoy has a 3.44 GPA with a major in community health, while Flanders carries a 3.42 with a major in exercise science and minor in psychology.

They were joined by Marisa Boyette (3.80/accounting and economics double major), Kristen Humphries (3.62/biology), Frankie Walls (3.37/kinesiology) and Lacey Najafi (3.35/exercise science).

BOBCATS head to conference ournament

Georgia College will try to improve on last year’s runner-up finish in the Peach Belt Conference golf tournament when it tees off on Friday in this year’s version in Greenwood, South Carolina.

The Bobcats shot a 5-over-par 293 in last year’s rain-shortened tournament.

This year’s tournament is scheduled for three rounds on the par-72, 6,800-yard course.

Georgia College finished second at the same course in the Bearcat Classic, led by the second-place finish of senior Ryan Trocchio.

Joining Trocchio on this week’s starting five are junior David Sullivan, sophomore Harry Lambert, freshman Matheus Balestrin, and freshman Thomas Hodges.

Trocchio leads the team with a 72.3 stroke average, the lowest in his career, more than a full stroke lower than his All-American freshman season. The two-time All-Peach Belt pick has three top-10 finishes this season.

Freeman named CGTC’s top student-athlete

Men’s basketball player Lawrance Freeman earned the Central Georgia Tech Impact Award and was named the school’s student-athlete of the year recently.

Requirements for consideration are a 3.0 GPA and excellence in the classroom, community and athletics.

Freeman earned Georgia Basketball Coaches Association all-state honors, and was second-team Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association all-region after averaging 14 points, seven rebounds and 1.1 assists.

Georgia College second in region

The first NCAA Division II softball regional polls are out, and Georgia College is second in the Southeast Region.

The Bobcats (39-7, 16-4 in Peach Belt Conference) are behind conference rival North Georgia in the regional poll.

The Southeast Region consists of the Peach Belt, Conference Carolinas and South Atlantic Conference.

The Bobcats, ranked eighth nationally, host Young Harris at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the final home series of the season.