Bobcat baseball’s Sandlin takes Rawlings All-America honors

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (GC ATHLETICS) – With a power explosion that nearly doubled his career home run total, Georgia College baseball’s Jake Sandlin (Evans, Georgia) recently picked up the top honor of his career thus far, being named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings NCAA Division II All-America Third Team.

Sandlin finished the 2015 season with a .380 batting average, 14 home runs and 55 RBIs. He also scored 61 runs and stole 12 bases. The outfielder led the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) in triples (6), and finished second in total bases (155). Sandlin also finished fourth in hits (84) fourth in home runs and ninth in RBIs. He had 28 multi-hit games, adding 13 multi-RBI contests.

Sandlin brings in the 17th ABCA/Rawlings All-America honor in GC Baseball history, dating back to GC Hall of Famer Greg Winters in 1996. The most recent Bobcat All-American was catcher Steve Hazel in 2014, a second team selection. Sandlin also earned the seventh Rawlings All-America trophy for Georgia College’s outfield. During head coach Tom Carty’s eight seasons, he has now coached five Rawlings All-Americans.

The Bobcats had another amazing season in 2015, finishing 33-19 and winning the PBC Tournament title for the second time in the last three years. Sandlin, Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Georgia) and Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) were all named to All-Region squads as well.

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