GC softball ranked third in PBC preseason poll
The Bobcats received two second place votes in the poll to go along with three third place, two fourth and fifth place and one seventh place nod. Georgia College received a total of 92 points, just one point ahead of fourth-place Columbus State University.
The Armstrong State University Pirates took the top spot in the poll, notching eight of the 10 first place votes. Defending PBC champion University of North Georgia is slotted second, just three total points behind Armstrong. Rounding out the poll from fifth through 13th respectively are Flagler College, Francis Marion University, USC Aiken, Young Harris College, GRU Augusta, UNC Pembroke, Georgia Southwestern State University, Lander University, and first-year program University of Montevallo.
Georgia College is returning some key pieces from last year’s NCAA Tournament team, including juniors Abi LeRoy (Dublin) and Marisa Boyette (Marietta) and sophomores Danielle Bernstein (Cumming) and Carly Lewis (Seymour, Tennessee). LeRoy and Bernstein were both named to the PBC Preseason All-Conference team last week. LeRoy hit .329 last season and led the team with 11 doubles and 43 RBI, while adding 16 stolen bases. Bernstein batted .345 a year ago and was a catalyst at the top of the order with 15 stolen bases. Boyette started the most games for the Bobcats last season, compiling a 12-6 record in 22 starts with a 2.41 ERA and 93 strikeouts. Lewis starred at the plate and on the mound, batting .333 and also pitching her way to a 16-10 record and a team-leading 2.02 ERA.
The Bobcats begin their 2015 campaign Saturday, Jan. 31 as they host the Bobcat Blast at the Peeler Complex. Georgia College will take on Queens University Saturday and No. 2 Valdosta State University Sunday, Feb. 1.