The East Georgia State College Bobcats baseball team has started off the 2013 season playing good baseball, posting a record of 5-4 through the team’s first nine games.
The season started off with a loss against Florida State College by a score of 7-2, but the Bobcats quickly rebounded by beating USC Salkehatchie at home by a score of 4-3 and then splitting a two-game road series against them by scores of 9-3 in the loss and 4-1 in the win.
The Bobcats would then sweep Brewton Parker’s JV by a scores of 5-1 and 10-1 with the pitching staff really putting together some good performances. The Bobcats would then lose to Chattahoochee Valley Community College by a score of 10-2 before splitting a two-game series with USC Sumter by scores of 6-5 in a win ad 1-0 in a loss.
Early signs show a pretty good pitching staff with an offense that looks to be pretty consistent with the potential to be explosive. Jones Farriba is the early star with the bat for Bobcats, so far posting a .400 batting average with an OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of 1.091. He already has four doubles, two triples, one stolen base, eight runs scored, and an RBI.
Michael Brown has been a strong bat as well for the Bobcats, so far hitting .345 with three doubles, five RBI, and four runs scored.
The offense as a whole hasn’t hit a homerun, but has stolen nine of 11 bases so far, showing that they will look to pressure the opposition with their speed.
Despite his 0-3 record, Austin Denney has shown that he can repeat as the team’s ace early in the season by posting a 3.68 ERA through his first 14.2 innings pitched. Ashley Claxton (0-1) has been even better so far though for the Bobcats posting an ERA of 0.71 through his 12.2 innings in two outings this year.
Ethan Conway (0-1) is another strong arm for the Bobcats, posting a 2.35 ERA through his first 7.2 innings this year. All three pitchers have already thrown complete games.
The Bobcats are hoping to have continued strong pitching throughout the year as well as the bats to pick up a little offensively as the Bobcats are currently hitting .235 with an team OPS of .637 so far. With the likes of Denney, Claxton, and Conway though, this looks to be a team that will be competing for the conference title.