When Georgia College and State University was knocked out of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament last week, it ended the season for several Columbia County products and ended the college career of one of GCSU's all-time best players.
Former Greenbrier standout Michael Newman had quite a four-year run with the Bobcats. He finished his career with 30 wins, which is second in school history and even more impressive when you consider he got those wins strictly out of the bullpen.
Here is a breakdown of his career.
2005 Freshman: 5-0 with four saves and a 2.59 ERA
2006 Sophomore: 11-2 with eight saves and a 1.78 ERA
2007 Junior: 9-3 with five saves and a 1.81 ERA
2008 Senior: 5-4 with 10 saves and a 3.77 ERA
He also accumulated 166 strikeouts and just 42 walks during his final three seasons.
Other Columbia County natives playing for the Bobcats:
Brooks Robinson -- redshirt sophomore, third base (Greenbrier)
Robinson, playing in his first season at GCSU after transferring from Spartanburg Methodist, was outstanding in 2008. He started 54 games and hit a solid .319 with one homer and 35 RBI. He also stole 12 bases and hit .467 in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament.
Sean Harrell -- redshirt junior, outfielder (Lakeside)
Harrell came on strong this season for the Bobcats. He started in 30 games, hitting .373 with three homers and 26 RBI. He swiped 17 bases and had an on-base percentage of .465. In addition, he hit a sizzling .417 in conference games.
Also, John Hennecken (Lakeside) redshirted this season for GCSU. He is a big right-handed pitcher whom the coaching staff is very high on.
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